A recent report to the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board (RVJB), the government body which deals with voter registration across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde highlighted that only 50.7% of the Household Enquiry Forms have been returned.
These forms identify individual voters and ensure that residents are on the electoral roll.
The RVJB is currently training canvassers who will start contacting individual potential voters from the end of September. Over 35,000 homes will be visited to try to ensure that residents retain their right to vote.
However, from the forms received so far, there is an increase in the number of people who use either their phone (25% compared to 15% last year) or the internet (27% compared to 24% last year) to submit their details.
Paisley Northwest Councillor Mags MacLaren said: “Only around half of the annual canvass forms issued by the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board have been returned, it’s important everyone ensures they are signed up to vote.
“It is important that all residents retain their right to vote.
“Too many people have given too many sacrifices to ensure that we have a vote today. It is essential if we want to live in a democracy that all eligible residents maintain their registration on the current electoral roll.”