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Highland residents urged to ensure they are registered on the electoral roll

By Niall Harkiss

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Residents across Highland and the Western Isles are being urged to check their electoral registration details – or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them.

People are being urged to ensure that they register to vote.
People are being urged to ensure that they register to vote.

The electoral registration officer will be getting in touch with every household to check that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who should be registered but are currently missing.

Bill Gillies, electoral registration officer for Highland and the Western Isles, said: “Keep an eye out for updates from the Electoral Registration Office in Highland or Western Isles. The annual canvass is our way of making sure that the information on the electoral register for every address is accurate. To make sure you don’t lose your say at the next election, look out for instructions from us”.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the communications we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at gov.uk/register-to-vote, or alternatively you can call us and we’ll post you information explaining how to do this.”

Recent home movers in particular are urged to check their details.

Electoral Commission research has found that recent home movers are less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. In Great Britain, 92 per cent of those who have lived in their home for 16 years will be registered, compared with 36 per cent of people who have lived at an address for less than a year.

Andy O’Neill, head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so. We urge people to look out for updates from their electoral registration officer on this year’s canvass.

"If you are not registered to vote, make sure you provide the necessary information to your Electoral Registration Officer when asked and register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Any residents who have questions can contact their local registration team on 0800 393 783.

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