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Elections and Voting

Electoral Registration Canvass 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 canvass:

The 2020 canvass will run from 1st July 2020. The annual canvas is required by law. It has not been suspended as a result of Covid-19.

When you are contacted, if you need to make a change to your registration information please respond as soon as possible, as it will help the canvass run smoothly and it means there will be no need for additional contact which is particularly important at the moment

 

We are required to keep our register of eligible voters up to date. From July each year, we will contact every household to find out if the details on the electoral register are correct.

Your household may be contacted by:

  • email
  • phone
  • post

If you need to update your details on the electoral register it’s important that you respond as soon as you can - this means reminders don’t have to be sent.

Please respond online if you can by following the instructions on the form you are sent.  Responding online is particularly helpful in the current public health situation. 

 

Please note:

The law in Wales has changed - 14 -16 year olds and qualifying foreign nationals living in Wales can now register to vote.

  • By registering to vote, a young person can now take part in Senedd elections from the age of 16
  • By registering to vote, a foreign citizen aged 16 or over, can now take part in Senedd elections

 Information leaflet: Are you 14-16 years old or a Foreign Citizen living in Wales?

 

There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on the Electoral Commision’s website 

To contact our Electoral Services Team on: electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  (01437) 775844

 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I haven’t received a form?
The forms are being despatched over the next week. Please wait until the 31st July before contacting us about not receiving a form – you should receive one in the next couple of days.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received a form?
A. We can be contacted by emailing electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

If you need to contact us by telephone, call 01437 775844. Please note - due to the social distancing measures currently in place, our office cover is now limited. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.  

What is the form for?
The law requires us to ensure that the electoral register is kept up to date by writing out to each household in the area annually. This identifies people who need to register to vote so that they can take part in future elections.

I’ve only been in my property for a few weeks – what should I do?

You should follow the simple steps set out on the form.  Following these steps will ensure you get registered to vote at your new address.

I’ve recently moved into a new build what should I do?

If you have received a form you should follow the simple steps set out on the form. Following these steps will ensure you get registered to vote at your new address.  If you haven’t received a form by the 31st July, we may not have details of your new property so you should contact us by emailing electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  

Why do you keep sending me these forms?

The law requires us to send out a canvass form every year.  If you do not reply we must send you reminders. Please respond to the form as soon as possible so as we don’t have to send reminders. 

Why do you need the details of my 14/15-year-old son/daughter?

Electoral law in Wales has changed – 14 to 16-year-olds can now register to vote as the voting age for the Senedd elections has been reduced to 16. The next Senedd elections will be held on the 6th May 2021, so it is important that we collect this information. 

Can people of any nationality register to vote?

Electoral law in Wales has changed – qualifying foreign citizens over 16 will be able to vote at Senedd elections. The next Senedd elections will be held on the 6th May 2021, so it is important that we collect this information. 

I am not interested in voting so do I have to return the form?

It is a legal requirement to register to vote.  It is up to you whether you vote at an election. Please remember that not registering to vote can affect your credit score as the credit companies make checks against the electoral register. 

 

 

 

ID: 6656, revised 11/09/2020