Published on 18th October 2018

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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 return their completed form to 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.

Kim Smith, Cheltenham Borough Council’s elections and registration manager, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible in order for them to be able to have their say on issues that affect their lives. Canvassers are out calling at those who we have not heard from and will ask a few simple questions to complete your form. Your vote matters so don’t lose it.”

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

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The annual canvass which the law says must be carried out every year.

The information is used to compile a new register of electors eligible to vote which will be published on 1 December.

For more information about voting, elections and other frequently asked questions go to the council website (

For general enquiries, the elections office can be contacted by email or phone 01242  01242 264132.