Register to Vote

Annual canvass of the electoral register

Each year Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council sends out a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) to every household asking the occupier to check whether the information on the electoral register is correct.  This is known as the Annual Canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify anyone who is not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.   If anyone is added, a separate Invitation to Register will be sent out, but they don’t have to wait for this to be sent, it is much easier and quicker if they go straight online and register at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  Even if you go online to register, we still need you to return the HEF.

It is not about who owns the property, but who lives there. Anyone living at the address may complete and return it, but all properties must reply as soon as possible.  If there are no changes to be made, you can even reply by telephone, text or email, but we do still need a response.  All this information is included on your HEF form.

It is a legal requirement for residents to confirm details relating to their property and by not doing so you could be fined £1000.

Responding quickly also saves taxpayers money. By law every household that does not return the original HEF will be sent two additional written reminders and if they do not reply to these, we then have to employ canvassers to visit every non-responding address.  The largest expense in all of this is not the printing of the forms, it’s the expensive postage.  With householders not replying, and the cost of employing staff to knock the doors to collect the information, costs are increasing.

Credit reference agencies also use the register to confirm an individual’s address. If you are not registered, you will not get credit!!  That includes everything from a mortgage or personal loan or even a mobile phone contract.

You need to be included on the register if you are:

  • residing in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
  • aged 16 or over
  • a British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

Changing your name

If your name changes, to update the electoral register you will need to complete and sign a voter change of name form.  This cannot be completed online. You will also need to provide a relevant document such as a copy of your marriage certificate, deed poll or amended birth certificate to support the form.

Opting in or out of the open register

There are two registers:

  • The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote and is used for electoral purposes. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime, calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
  • The open register is an extract of the electoral register and is not used for elections. This list can be bought by any person, company or organisation for marketing purposes. 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.

You must be on the electoral register but can decide to opt out of being listed on the open register.

 

 

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