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New ways to respond to annual update of electoral register

Monday, 3 April 2017

This year’s annual update of the Isle of Man electoral register will enable people to confirm their household details within seconds if they have not changed.

Registration forms will be sent to all Island properties in the next few days in order to collect the information required to maintain an accurate record of eligible voters.

For the first time, people will be able to respond online or via telephone or text if the details printed on their forms remain unchanged.

The introduction of new ways of responding is aimed at making the annual canvass simpler and more convenient for residents, as well as generating efficiencies for the Government.

Electoral Registration Officer Della Fletcher explained:

‘An accurate electoral register is important for the integrity of the Island’s democratic process and the annual canvass is necessary to keep entries up to date. We need to confirm each year who lives at your address and who is eligible to vote.’

She added:

‘The vast majority of households won’t have any changes to make to this information. With this in mind, we have made it quicker and easier for people to confirm that the details on their registration forms are correct. With a phone call, text or a few clicks online, it can be sorted out in less than 60 seconds. This is a positive step and I would encourage as many people as possible to contact us via their phones or devices.’

People who do need to notify the Electoral Registration Unit of a change in their household’s circumstances should complete and sign the form and return it in the pre-paid envelope provided.

The annual update of the electoral register is necessary to capture changes of address and any revisions to the list of householders eligible to vote or serve on a jury.

Residents are responsible for keeping their entries up to date and individuals cannot vote in House of Keys or local authority elections unless they are on the register. Not being registered can also affect a person’s credit reference history and result in an application for a mortgage, loan or mobile phone contract being refused.

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

Forms will be sent to all households currently listed on the electoral register and to ‘The Occupier’ at properties with no registered electors.

The deadline for responses to the 2017 annual canvass is Saturday 17 June.

Further information about the electoral registration process and who is eligible to vote can be found on the Government website or by contacting elections@gov.im or tel: +44 1624685754.

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