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Voter ID

From May 2023 voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. To find out more, visit the Voter ID page.

What is the annual canvass?

Each year we carry out an annual canvass of all residents in the district to make sure the revised electoral register, which is published on 1 December, is as accurate as possible.

We will send a Canvass Communication form to all properties in the district. The form is not a registration form - it lists all current registered electors. Many households will be required to respond. Residents will be asked to confirm or change the information we hold for the property on the electoral register.

How do I respond?

You should respond as soon as possible if asked to do so or if you have any changes to make, in one of the following ways:

Your security code is printed on the form. You will need this when complete the form online or by phone.

New electors aged 16 or over

If any new electors aged 16 or over are added to the Canvass Communication form they will receive a separate Invitation to Register form by email or post. 

This form can be completed and returned using the pre-paid envelope provided or completed online at

You will need the following information when registering:

  • name

  • nationality

  • date of birth

  • National Insurance number

  • current (and, if appropriate, previous) address.

When registering you can also apply to vote by post or by proxy. Visit How to Vote for more information.