VOTERS are being urged to ensure their registration details are up to date, to ensure they will have a voice in future elections.

From this Friday, every address in Wirral will receive a letter from the council, asking them to review their details and update them if necessary.

The annual canvass ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered to vote, so they can be encouraged to do so.

With elections taking place in Wirral in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Kate Robinson, electoral services manager at Wirral Council, said: "It’s important that residents keep an eye out for their letter from us, so we can make sure we have the right details for every address in Wirral.

"To make sure you’re registered to vote and can have your say in the local elections next year, simply follow the instructions you’ll receive in the letter.

"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send.

"If you want to register, the easiest way is online, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.

"This year's canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation.

"We're working to ensure we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing."

Melanie Davidson, head of support and improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: "It's really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly.

"This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

"There's lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website:"