Banbury and district alerted to email arrival for keeping your right to vote

Cherwell residents who have given the district council an email address should look out for a message this week asking them to confirm their electoral registration details.

By Richard Howarth
Tuesday, 19th July 2022, 2:54 pm
Don't lose your right to vote - keep an eye out for an email
Don't lose your right to vote - keep an eye out for an email

In a bid to save paper, the council will be writing electronically to more than 31,000 residents on Thursday, July 21, as it launches its annual electoral registration drive.

The email will come from [email protected]

Electoral registration officer Yvonne Rees, said: “We check and update people’s electoral registration details every year and normally this involves writing a letter to every household in the district.

“Where people have already sent us their email address in connection with their electoral registration, we are going to embrace that method and send you an email. It will save the taxpayer money and be better for the planet too.

“We will send a letter to households we don’t have an email for from August 8, and anyone who doesn’t pick up the initial email will receive a letter to make sure they have the opportunity to respond. Please read your email or letter carefully to find out what steps you need to take next.

“If your details have changed, it’s key that you provide us with an update. It only takes five minutes.”

The initial rounds of voter canvassing usually update the details of the overwhelming majority of residents who are eligible to vote.

A door-knocking and telephone canvassing campaign will be conducted in the autumn to update the details of any remaining householders who have not responded to the canvass emails and letters.

The next local elections are scheduled for May next year.