Why we run the annual canvass

The Electoral Register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is entitled to vote in elections, and the law states that we must keep it up to date.

One of the ways we do this is by contacting all households in the area and asking people to confirm if the information we have about the property is correct. This process is called the 'annual canvass' and it allows us to update the Register by:

  • removing anyone who has moved out
  • inviting anyone who isn't registered to vote to do so
  • updating the information about the people already registered at the property. For example, by arranging a postal vote for them or changing their name

You should receive a household enquiry form (HEF) in July or August. You're legally required to respond to this form, even if the information is correct.

Please respond as soon as you can to avoid being sent reminder forms or a home visit from a canvasser.

We must, by law, run the annual canvass. We have to:

  • send a HEF to every household
  • use the wording set in legislation for our HEFs and registration forms
  • address HEFs to 'the occupier' rather than a named person or family
  • send reminder forms if we don't receive response
  • send canvassers to visit homes where we haven't had a response

Your household enquiry form and how to respond to it.

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