Shetland residents are urged to check voter registration details

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Shetland residents are being urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote in upcoming elections.  

Letters have recently been sent to every household in Shetland by the Electoral Registration Officer, asking householders to check details and to identify any residents who should be registered but are currently missing.

Robert Eunson, Electoral Registration Officer for Orkney & Shetland, said:  “Keep an eye out for important updates from the Electoral Registration Office. The annual canvass is our way of making sure that the information on the electoral register for every address is accurate and up to date. To make sure you don’t lose your say at upcoming elections, simply follow the instructions sent to you. 

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the correspondence we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote”

Recent home movers in particular are urged to check their details. Electoral Commission research has found that recent home movers are less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.
In Great Britain, 92% of those who have lived in their home for 16 years will be registered, compared with 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than a year. 

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said:  “It’s really important that everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so. We urge people to check for updates from their Electoral Registration Officer on this year’s canvass. You might receive an email, a letter, or a phone call, or someone might knock on your door. 

"If you are not registered to vote, make sure you provide the necessary information to your Electoral Registration Officer when asked and register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website

Residents with questions about their registration status can contact the local electoral registration office at 20 Commercial Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LX.  Telephone 01595 745700 or email ero@shetland.gov.uk

Notes to editors

  • The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on electoral registration officers to maintain the electoral register for their area and to conduct an annual canvass of all residential properties.   More details can be found at www.saa.gov.uk/electoral-registration/ 
  • Full details on who can vote in elections in Scotland can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website along with details of their research on the electoral registers

Published: 7th August 2023