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Annual Canvass 2021 – don’t lose your voice

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

10 August 2021

Residents in Buckinghamshire urged to check their voter registration details from Buckinghamshire Council
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date. 
The annual canvass ensures that Buckinghamshire Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.  

Tim Butcher, Deputy Cabinet Member for Resources at Buckinghamshire Council, said: 

“It’s important that residents look out for messages from Buckinghamshire Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the county. We will send you an email or letter. To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply follow the instructions sent to you. And don’t forget, incorrect or missing information can affect your credit rating and ability to get a mortgage, loan or phone contract.”
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, you need to do this separately from confirming your details as part of the canvass. The easiest way is online at, 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 from Buckinghamshire Council 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. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year. 

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, commented: 

“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. 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”  

For more information on checking your voter registration details, go to or the Electoral Commission website:

Any residents who have any questions can contact their registration team at or 01296 798 141.