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Residents are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote. Lichfield District Council has started the huge task of compiling a new electoral register that will be the basis for elections to be held in November this year and May next year. This included sending 43,548 annual canvass forms to households across the region. In an effort to make sure no one who is eligible to vote is missed off the electoral register, the council has sent reminders out to households that have not yet registered. In the next few weeks canvassers will also be going door to door to make sure everyone has filled in and returned their annual canvass form. Nina Dawes, Lichfield District Electoral Registration Officer, said: “The annual canvass is taking place earlier than normal this year due to the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections on November 15. “It’s particularly important to remember, if you want to have your say at election time, and help to choose the people that make decisions that affect your everyday life, you must be registered to vote.” Registering is simple. If there are no changes to the information on the form, registration can be done by telephone, internet or text. If the details have changed, households will need to fill in form two of their annual canvass form and return it to the council. For more information, visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or telephone Lichfield District Council’s elections team on 01543 308125.