Thousands of households in Teignbridge are being encouraged to help keep electoral registration costs down by responding to Teignbridge Council’s annual canvass of voters.
This month 16,000 reminders have been posted to all non-responding households within Teignbridge as part of the council’s statutory obligation to compile a full and accurate register of voters. The next, avoidable, step is for 30 canvassers to visit non-responding households in person. This process can take up to four weeks and will get underway on Saturday, October 23 for any household which hasn’t responded by that time.
Last year this door-knocking process cost over £16,000, although it is hoped that it will cost less this year as 1,000 more households have responded than at this time in 2009.
Teignbridge Council is appealing to anyone receiving a reminder to return it promptly and avoid the need for a home visit.
Automated services enable households without changes in the pre-printed details on their form to respond in seconds online, by text, or freephone. They are proving increasingly popular, with 38 per cent of households eligible to do so using these systems rather than the post this year.
Local government elections will take place on 5 May 2011, with a national referendum on the UK voting system planned for the same day. Residents will only be able to vote in these important elections and the referendum if their name is on the register.