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 Household Enquiry form to all properties in the district. The form is not a registration form - it lists all current registered electors and asks residents to confirm or change the information we hold for the property on the electoral register.

You are legally required to respond to the form, even if everyone in the household is already registered to vote and no changes need to be made.

How do I respond?

You should respond as soon as possible, 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 Household Enquiry form they will receive a separate Invitation to Register form by email or post. This form looks similar to the Household Enquiry form but is pink. 

This form can be completed and returned using the pre-paid envelope provided or completed online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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.