Central Bedfordshire Council is asking residents to look out for the Annual Household Enquiry Forms Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place in May 2021

Central Bedfordshire 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.

As Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner election is taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass ensures that Central Bedfordshire Council can keep the electoral register up to date. This should identify any residents who are not registered or have recently moved.

They would then be able take part in any future elections. One way to register is to go online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Also, letters addressed to the household will be sent out from the beginning of August. Richard Carr, electoral registration officer at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“This year’s 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.

“We want everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information by electronic methods where possible to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.”

There is more information about registering to vote on the Electoral Commission website

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Central Bedfordshire Council and check the details.

Electoral Commission research found 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. This compares to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Electoral.Registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.