Don't lose your voice in elections

Posted on: Friday 23 July 2021
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Torfaen residents are being urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With local government elections scheduled to take place in May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to register to ensure they can vote.

The annual canvass is designed to obtain the name and address of every person who is eligible to be on the register of electors – the list of those people who may vote at elections and referendums.

In Wales you can now register to vote from 14 and vote at 16. Foreign nationals are also able to vote in Welsh elections.

Caroline Genever-Jones, Elections Manager at Torfaen Council said:

“Residents need to look out for their Canvass forms so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Torfaen. You might not have been able to vote before the extension of the voting rights last year, so you may be able to vote now – but only if you are registered”.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. We will send you a CCB form for you to respond to.

“As we carry out this important work to update the electoral register we continue to follow public health guidelines, including respecting social distancing.”

If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission Wales said:

“It doesn’t matter where you were born. If you are aged 16 and over you are able to vote in elections in Wales but only if you register to vote first. Checking the messages that you will get from your local authority is the easiest way to see if you’re registered to vote. If you’re not, make sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed and register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Information on registering to vote is available on the Council’s website – www.torfaen.gov.uk

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local Electoral Registration team on 01495 762200 or via email at: voting@torfaen.gov.uk

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