Your vote matters – Electoral Canvas 2015 is underway

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Canvass forms for the revised electoral register that will be published on 1 December 2015 have been issued to every household in Scotland.

This is the first canvass of every household since the introduction of the new system of individual electoral registration last year, as well as the first following the new law reducing the voting age in Scotland to 16.

Householders must respond to the forms that ask whether the details of those living in each household are correct.

Grampian Electoral Registration Officer, Ian Milton, explained

In the last twelve months Scotland has witnessed a huge rise in democratic engagement and we are very keen to ensure that every citizen who is entitled to register to vote can vote.

We can only do this if householders respond to the canvass and keep the electoral registers up-to-date.

We have introduced a secure online response service that will allow householders to provide the necessary information in a matter of minutes.

Those households that do not have internet access may respond by text, phone or completing and posting the form.

Mr Milton added

From 5 May 2016, sixteen-year-olds will be able to vote in all Scottish Parliament and local government elections.

Households should therefore provide details of young residents who will be 15 on or before 30 November 2015, so that we can ensure they can vote as soon as they reach 16.

With important elections for the Scottish Parliament in 2016 and local council elections in 2017, there is no better time for citizens to make sure their voice is heard.

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