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Annual canvass

We must, by law, check the register of electors each year by sending a household enquiry form to every household in the council area. This is known as the annual canvass.

The form will list everyone registered to vote at the property at the moment. You can add new names or remove out of date information. By law, you must fill in and return your enquiry form every year, even if you don’t plan to vote or do not qualify to vote.

The canvass runs from August to the end of November.

The electoral register is published each year on 1 December. If you are not on the electoral register you will lose your right to vote and it can affect your credit rating.

Check your form

If you have received a Household Enquiry Form for your property please follow the instructions on the form and respond online or you can call 0800 197 9871. Alternatively you can add, delete or amend any details on the form and return it to us. We will then invite each new individual to register to vote or take steps to delete those no longer resident.

Anyone in the household can fill in the form, but everyone must answer as soon as possible, even if there are no changes to be made.

If you don't respond to the Household Enquiry form, you'll be sent a reminder. You may also receive a canvasser visit during the door-knocking stage.

Please help us to keep costs down by responding promptly.