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Published on Friday 22 July 2022

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Residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them.

With elections taking place in BCP Council in May 2023, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass allows BCP Council to keep the electoral register up to date, to identify who risks losing their voice at elections, and to encourage them to register before it’s too late.

Matt Pitcher, Head of Elections, Land Charges & Registration Services said:

"Keep an eye out for communications from BCP Council Electoral Services. The annual canvass is our way of making sure that the information on the electoral register for every address is accurate. To make sure you don’t lose your say at the next election, look out for instructions from us.

"If you don’t hear from the council, you might not be on the register. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at"

Between July and November, you may receive an email from BCP Council Electoral Services via the GOV.Notify service, with 'Act now so BCP Council can check who is eligible to be registered to vote at your address', as the subject.

This email is genuine, and it will ask you to confirm your details at and include:

  • your security codes
  • steps on how to access your household details

Only those households we hold an email address for will be sent an email. If we do not hold an email address for a property, residents will still be contacted by post.

More information can be found on our website

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