Annual Canvass 2021

The annual canvass makes sure that we can keep the electoral register up to date. It helps us to identify any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

In August, you will be sent a canvass form by post with details of all the people in the household who are currently registered to vote. The government has made some changes to the canvass this year and now you only have to respond if:

  • You’re told to do so
  • You need to make any changes or additions to the information provided.

You must read your letter to check whether you need to respond or not. If you need to make any changes then you must let us know. You could be fined £1000 if you do not tell us about any changes.

The canvass has to be carried out by law and the COVID-19 pandemic does not change this. By telling us about any changes as soon as possible, the process will run smoothly and there will be no need for personal contact from an inspector.

What to do if you need to make changes

You'll need the security codes on your canvass form to make any changes. You can:

If you do not have your form to hand, have lost it or have any further questions you can call us on 01942 827168.

Please remember that adding a name to the form does not register that individual on the electoral register. They must also register to vote online (external link) or complete an Invitation to Register form.

Invitations to Register

If you add a name to the canvass form, we will send an Invitation to Register form to eligible individuals by post. You can use the form or register to vote online (external link).

You can register to vote online before you receive an Invitation to Register form but you must also tell us about any changes to your household on your canvass form.

You can also use this service to update your name, address or other details. It takes less than 5 minutes and saves the council money on printing and postage.

To register, you'll need your National Insurance number and date of birth. Your National Insurance number can be found on:

  • Your National Insurance card or letter
  • Official paper work such as payslips
  • Letters about tax or benefits.

If you cannot find your National Insurance number, you will need to arrange to have it sent to you by the government. If you have not been given a National Insurance number, you'll need to provide a reason when applying. We will then contact you for further evidence about your identity.

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