Annual canvass

You must reply to the annual canvass in order to remain on the electoral register.

The easiest way to respond is by following the instructions at Household Response.

Every household has been sent a letter, called a Household Enquiry Form, requesting that someone living at the address confirm that the details on the form are still correct, or that they provide up to date information about anyone eligible to vote living at the property. This is known as the Annual Canvass and is a check that we are required to carry out each year to ensure that the electoral register is accurate and up to date. It is a legal requirement that households respond to this form, even if the information on it is still correct.

If we did not receive a response to either the initial form sent at the end of August of the reminder that was sent out at the start of October, a member of our canvassing team will visit your property. They will be carrying photographic identification, please ask to see their identification before speaking to them.

The canvassing team will be out across the district between the hours of 8am and 9pm each day, from 18 October to 26 November. They will be using a secure tablet to confirm the details of anyone eligible to vote at the property, or they will leave a card if there is nobody at home when they visit.

In order to remain registered and avoid a fine you must respond to the annual canvass every year.

If you inform us that new electors are living at the property we will send each person a letter (Invitation to register) asking them to register them to vote, although you can do this online at register to vote.

How do I respond?

You can confirm existing details:

  • Online: Household Response
  • Text: NO CHANGE followed by both parts of your security code (see form) to 80212
  • Call: 0800 197 9871

If the details need to be changed you will need to do this either 

If you are unable to respond via the above methods, you can complete and post the form to back us in the freepost envelope which will have been included with the form sent to you.

What information do I need to provide?

If your details are correct you simply need to confirm this via the above methods. If you need to add or remove electors, or make changes, you can do this via Household Response.

Why do I need to respond to the canvass?

It is a legal requirement to provide accurate information for the electoral register, if you do not respond to the annual canvass you may be removed from the electoral register and unable to vote in elections. You may also have difficulty in obtaining credit because credit reference agencies are legally entitled to use information on the electoral register to carry out their own checks, which could impact on applications for mortgages, credit cards, mobile phones, etc.

If you consider that you may be at risk of harm because your name is shown on the electoral register there may be other registration options. Information is available  about anonymous registration. Please contact the Democratic and Elections department if you wish to register in this way or for further information.

Who is eligible to vote?

Anyone who is:

  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

I live in two locations, where do I register?

You can register vote in more than one location provided that you usually reside at the property eg you are a student with a home and term time address. You can only vote once in any election.

Contact your local electoral office

If you have any queries regarding the annual canvass you can contact us on 01295 227005.