Annual Canvass

The annual canvass will commence in July 2019.

The annual canvass is designed to obtain the name and address of every person who is eligible to be on the register of electors – the list of those people who may vote at elections and referendums. The register is the basis of UK democracy and the accuracy of the register is extremely important.

From 1st July 2019 canvassers will start to deliver the Household Enquiry Form. In order to know who is eligible to register to vote, we need to know who lives at your address. This form is to collect this information.

Although this form is not a registration form, the information you provide will enable us to send a separate registration form to all the people in your household who are eligible and need to register.

You need to provide this information by law. There is a criminal penalty for failing to provide the information required of a maximum of £1,000.

Why should I register?

  • It is compulsory to fill in the annual Household Enquiry Form, if you don't, you could go to court, be fined up to £1,000, and get a criminal record
  • Only those registered as electors can vote. If you aren’t registered you can’t help decide who represents you or your local area, or who forms the next government
  • The register is supplied to credit reference agencies, so non-registration may affect your ability to open a bank account, take out a mortgage, or buy things on credit
  • Juries are summoned using the electoral register

How to respond to the Household Enquiry Form

If the pre-printed details on the HEF are correct (e.g. no one has moved into or out of the property and there are no changes to the form they have received), you can ring 08082841556, key in your security code and password when prompted to do so and confirm that the HEF is correct. Similarly you can go online ( to confirm that the details are correct. This should take you no longer than 3 minutes to do. Alternatively you can fill in the paper form and return it to us in the pre-paid envelope we provide.

Last Modified: 05/07/2019
For more information contact:

Electoral Registration

Tel: 01495 762200


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