In the first two weeks of the electoral canvass 2015, 75,000 households in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray have responded to make sure details on the electoral register are up to date. Canvass forms for the revised electoral register that will be published on 1 December 2015 were issued to every household in Scotland earlier this month.
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
If households want to avoid a reminder being issued to them in September, they need to ensure they respond to their canvass form as soon as possible, ideally before Friday, September 4.
Over half of those who have responded have used the secure online response service that allows them to provide the necessary information in a matter of minutes.
Households that do not have internet access may also 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.
You can complete the electoral canvass online in a matter of minutes, all you need is the form that has been posted to you in the past few weeks and follow the instructions at the top of page 2.