Accessibility Toolbar Accessibility Statement
A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Watch Out for your Annual Canvass e-Mail

Press Release: 23/08/2021

 
Annual Canvas
 

THE 2021 annual canvass starts on Monday, August 23. It’s an exercise that allows Tameside Council to make sure the electoral register is up to date so that every qualifying adult in the borough can carry out their democratic right to vote.

Homes across Tameside will be receiving different kinds of communication detailing who is registered as living at the property. This could be by letter, text, telephone or even a personal call, but most of it will be done electronically.

If you receive an email, please don’t ignore it or assume it’s a scam. It will be clearly marked as coming from the council’s elections office.

You only need to respond if you are told to do so or if there have been changes in household occupancy. Somebody who lived at the property 12 months ago may have got married and left home for example. Instructions will be clearly explained along with relevant phone numbers and weblinks.

The annual canvass is a legal requirement. People whose names do not appear on the electoral register will not only be unable to vote, they could also find it difficult to get credit or a mobile phone account, and even be liable to a fine of £1,000.

Later in the year the council will move on to encouraging people to register to vote. This is a quick and simple process. Although only people aged 18 and over can vote, all 16 and 17-year-olds should make themselves known to make sure they are eligible to take part in the democratic process as soon as they come of age.

Tameside Council’s chief executive and electoral registration officer, Steven Pleasant, said: “It’s very important people respond to our annual canvass emails if they need to. If you receive one, please don’t delete it or dismiss it as a scam. Take a look and you’ll see it’s a genuine email from Tameside Council.

“If you don’t engage with the annual canvass, you won’t just make yourself liable for a possible fine, you’ll be unable to influence the decision-making process not only here in Tameside but regionally and nationally too.

“The emails will be arriving over the next two to three weeks so please watch out for them arriving in your inbox.”

For more information call 0161 342 8355, email elections@tameside.gov.uk or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/annualcanvass

Related Items