Annual Canvass 2020

Published: Friday, 11th September 2020

Don’t lose your voice - residents in Kettering Borough urged to respond in connection with their voter registration details

Local residents are being encouraged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With elections taking place for the new North Northamptonshire Council, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and local towns and parishes in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass ensures that Kettering Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date by identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

As part of the canvass process households are being contacted by a number of different channels including by letter, email, telephone and in some cases by personal visit.  

Personal visits to properties will be taking place from the middle of September.  This part of the canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing and wearing face coverings.

Graham Soulsby, Electoral Registration Officer at Kettering Borough Council said:

“It’s important that residents who have been asked to respond with their electoral registration details do so as soon as possible.  This will enable Kettering Borough Council to minimise the number of personal visits required to properties within the borough during this particularly challenging time.

Householders that receive a personal visit from a Kettering Borough Council canvasser should follow the instructions from the local authority to make sure they are able to have their say at elections taking place next year.

 If you’re not currently registered, the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we can send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to check that their voter registration details are up to date. Research by the Electoral Commission 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.

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Kettering Borough Council, Bowling Green Road, Kettering NN15 7QX.  Email: elecreg@kettering.gov.uk, Tel: 01536 410333