Annual review of electoral registration (annual canvass)

Every year, we are required by law to conduct a review of electoral registration to make sure the electoral register is as accurate as possible. We contact all residential properties in the area to check who’s eligible to register to vote.

You will receive either an email or letter from us. Read it carefully. If you’re required to respond, and fail to reply, then we’ll send you a reminder.

Canvassers then visit properties where a form has not been returned.

Wherever possible, you should consider responding:

  • online
  • by telephone
  • by text message

How to respond

Read the information on your email or letter carefully:

  • to check whether or not you need to respond
  • that all the information is correct

It’s quicker to respond using online or text options. You’ll need your unique two-part security code contained in the email or printed on the form.

You can reply:

  • online
  • by phone
  • by text or SMS
  • by post – make sure you complete the form fully, provide all of the information requested and that you have signed the form

By completing and returning the form, you are not registering to vote.

You are only informing us of the names of the people who should be on the electoral register at the property.

What happens next

The form lists everyone currently registered to vote at the property and we use this to update the information on the electoral register.

If you:

  • add someone to the form, they will be sent an ‘Invitation to Register’ form so they can register to vote
  • delete anyone from the form, we’ll write to the individual to confirm they no longer live there

Special category electors

Your name will not appear on the form sent to the property if you’re a special category elector for example overseas or service voter.

About the electoral register

The Electoral Register is not published during the months of September to November during the annual canvass. The revised register will be published on 1 December each year, and this is a statutory requirement.

If you have any questions about the form or your electoral registration, you can get in contact with us.