The Annual Canvass for the 2016 Register of Electors has started and all Epsom & Ewell residents have started receiving though the post a household enquiry form (HEF) which replaces the old style canvass registration form. To vote in elections you need to be on the electoral register.
The HEF form being sent to all households in the Borough, is not a voter registration form, it is just to collect the names of all eligible voters at each residential property in the Borough.
The way we all register to vote changed to Individual Electoral Registration (IER) on 10 June 2014 and now each person who is eligible to vote is responsible for registering themselves. Registering is quick and simple and it will mean you have the right to vote at elections and could also improve your credit rating.
Once the HEF form is returned, any new residents will then be sent an Invitation to Register form (ITR) which they can either complete and return by post or they can register online on the national voter registration website www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
You are required by Law to provide the information requested in these forms even if you choose not to vote on polling day. There is no qualifying date for the new register so once you receive either a HEF and/or an ITR form, please complete and return as soon as possible.
The deadline for the annual canvass for the 2016 Register of Electors is 20 November and the new register will be published on 1 December. If you miss this date you can still register as your details can be included on the next monthly update following 1 December.
If you don't register not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but you could be at risk of getting fined. If you do not complete and return a HEF form you can be fined up to £1000 for failing to make a return. If you are sent an ITR form you must register to vote or give a suitable reason why you should not be registered. You can be fined £80 for not making an application for registration and if you knowingly give false information on an ITR form you can receive an unlimited fine and/or up to six months in prison.
For more information on the Annual canvass and guidance on completing the forms please visit the Elections & Electoral Registration/Annual Canvass 2015 section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk
If you need more advice, please contact Electoral Services at the Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom Surrey, KT18 5BY Tel: 01372 732120 or 732152 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information received from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
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