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19 December 2018

More residents respond digitally to canvass than ever before

I'm delighted the majority of people took that option and I'd also like to thank our team for all their hard work over the last few months

Dr Carlton Brand, Wiltshire Council corporate director and the county’s Electoral Registration Office

For the first time ever in Wiltshire more residents responded to the annual canvass digitally instead of posting the form back saving Wiltshire Council vital money and time.

The council's annual canvass launched on 2 August with forms landing on around 220,000 doormats across the county.

An additional 21,329 people responded digitally compared to last year. Overall, 201,620 responses were received with 97,722 of those via text, telephone or online and 96,000 by post.

There was an overall response rate of 91.69%.

Dr Carlton Brand, Wiltshire Council corporate director and the county's Electoral Registration Officer, said: "We really focussed our efforts this year on getting as many people as possible to respond digitally as it has a lot of cost and time benefits, as well being much more convenient for residents.

"I'm delighted the majority of people took that option and I'd also like to thank our team for all their hard work over the last few months."

People who wish to have the opportunity to have their say in any future local or national elections and referendums need to be on the register. If they haven't done so already, they should visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Last updated: 19 December 2018 | Last reviewed: 19 December 2018

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