Annual voter registration to commence

Release Date: 03 August 2017

Household Enquiry Forms will shortly be delivered to every household in the borough and we are requesting that residents respond as soon as possible to ensure that they are correctly registered to vote in next year’s local election.

Mark Maidment, Electoral Registration Officer for Richmond, said:

“Anyone who wants to vote next year must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.

“If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register.”

All homes will receive a compulsory Household Enquiry Form from approximately 11 August 2017, with details of the residents currently registered to vote on the Register of Electors.

For more information visit our annual voter registration page or contact Electoral Services on 020 8891 7775.


Notes for editors

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

  • Detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
  • Calling people for jury service
  • Checking credit applications.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:

  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P363/17

Updated: 31 August 2017