Medway Council is encouraging residents to check their details are up-to-date on the electoral register to ensure they can continue to have their say.
The council publishes a new electoral register every year and to make sure it is accurate each household in Medway is contacted.
Medway Council has already started sending canvass letters and forms to the majority of households in Medway. If you do not receive a form or letter canvassers will start visiting your home in the next few weeks to confirm the details of those who live at the property.
To make the process simpler, you only need to respond to the canvass form or letter, if it says you must respond. Residents can respond online, using the security code in their letter, or by phone using an automated phone or SMS service.
If someone in your household hasn’t registered to vote they will need to register online.
In line with government advice, the council’s canvassers will be following social distancing guidelines to help keep residents, and themselves, safe. They will also be using tablet devices to minimise the needs to complete paper forms on residents’ doorsteps. All canvassers will carry photo ID.
Ensure you can have your say
Cllr Rupert Turpin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Democracy and Governance, said: “This year a change in government legislation, and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, has changed the way the canvass is being held to protect both residents and our canvassers who would normally deliver forms door to door.
"If you need to respond to your letter the easiest way to do so is by going online – it only takes five minutes. I would encourage residents to complete their forms as soon as possible, and, to register to vote to ensure they can have their say.”
The next election will be held on 6 May 2021 to elect the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent.