Published on 8th October 2021

Voting form and pencil

Cheltenham residents who have not yet responded to their household information letter, will be visited by a canvasser to ensure they are registered to vote in the elections.

The canvassers will leave a form telling residents how to respond and where to return the form. This ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered, so they can be encouraged to do so.

With elections taking place in Cheltenham in May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Paul Jones, electoral registration officer at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “It is important that Cheltenham residents are registered and are able to vote in elections. To ensure this is possible, canvassers will be visiting those who have not updated their details.

All official council canvassers carry photo ID and will call to gather the information; if the resident(s) are out, they will leave the form.

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.

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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Elections are taking place in Cheltenham in May 2022.

The Representation of the People Act 1983 plaes a duty on Electoral Registration Officers to maintain the electoral register for their area and to conduct an annual canvass of all residential properties.

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. 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.

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.

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.

British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta) can vote in local government elections, Mayor of London and London Assembly elections, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. To date, the UK Government has not made changes to the eligibility of EU citizens, meaning at present they too can vote in these elections.

Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found on its website.