Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 11-01-2019

Island's Electoral Register to be updated

by TH

Island's Electoral Register to be updated

Forms will be sent out to households on the Isle of Man as part of efforts to update the electoral register.

The annual canvas helps capture the information required to maintain an accurate record of people who are eligible to vote or serve on a jury.

It is a legal requirement to respond even if an individual chooses not to exercise their democratic right to vote.

Not being registered can also affect a person’s credit reference history and potentially result in an application for a mortgage, loan or mobile phone contract being refused.

Improvements have been introduced in recent years to make the canvass process quicker and easier for residents as well as generating efficiencies for government.

Responses can be submitted via telephone, text message or online or by submitting the paper copy of the form.  

Electoral Registration Officer Della Fletcher says: "An accurate electoral register is vital to the integrity of the Island’s democratic process.

"We need to update our information every year to capture any changes of address or revisions to the list of eligible voters in a household.

"We are continuing to improve the process to make it simpler and more convenient for everyone. With a phone call, text or a few clicks online, people can now respond in a matter of seconds." 

The deadline for responses to the 2019 annual canvass is March 18th

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