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 You can add new names or remove out of date information.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

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.

Simply check the form when it arrives and get back to us as soon as you can. The easiest way is to call 0800 197 9871 followed by your security code printed on the form. These options are only available during the canvass period.