Canvassers are out and about

Published on 19th October 2017

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Cheltenham residents, who have not yet returned their household enquiry form, will get a visit from a canvasser to ensure they are registered.

Every household is legally required to register their details with their local council. The form ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date and identifies any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Canvassers are now out reminding those who haven’t returned their forms to submit their up-to-date details so that they can exercise their right to vote.

With borough elections taking place in Cheltenham in May 2018, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.

Pat Pratley, electoral registration officer at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Cheltenham. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form and respond as soon as you can.”

For those not currently registered, their name will not appear on the form. For residents wishing to register, the easiest way is online at, or the council can send information explaining how to do this in the post.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Cheltenham Borough Council, telephone 01242 264132, email or visit our dedicated webpages.


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Notes to editors:

  1. Local elections are taking place in Cheltenham in May 2018.
  2. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:  detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
  3. The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
  4. To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:
  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
  1. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
  2. Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found here.