Annual Canvass of Electors' Information

Annual Canvass of Electors 2021

Each year the Electoral Registration Officer has a legal requirement to conduct an annual canvass in the Barrow Borough Council area to ensure that the electoral register is complete and accurate.  A revised register is then normally published on 1st December annually.


The Annual Canvass of Electors commences on 1st July and concludes on 30th November.

To register to vote you must be aged 16 or over and be a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen.  You will not be able to vote if your name is not on the register and you may find it more difficult in getting credit for mortgages and other financial reasons.

Change in Processing Data

The complete data from the current Register of Electors has recently been matched with information held by both the Department for Work and Pensions and the Council's own local authority database.  This process has taken place in all local authorities in the country.

During July/August

Canvass forms will be sent out to specific households in the Borough to check whether the correct people are registered to vote at the address as the complete details from the current Register have not matched.

It is important that if your household receives on of these canvass forms, which will be pre-printed with the details of those currently living in your household, that you make a response immediately using one of the methods below - even if there are no changes.

This will stop any further reminders being posted out to you and save the Council money.

Responses can be made by any one of the following methods so please follow the instructions carefully 

  • Register Securely - To confirm details are correct as well as add/delete/amend any details - enter Parts 1 and 2 of the unique security codes shown on the form and continue to complete all the questions online, or
  • Telephone Response Service - FREEPHONE - 0800 980 5492.  This service can only be used where there are NO CHANGES to be made to the information shown on the form.  Please follow the directions given, or
  • Contact the Elections Office on 01229 876318 during normal office hours - 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, or outside of these hours leave a message on the answerphone and someone will get back to you, or
  • Completed forms can be returned in the envelope provided - No stamp is required.

During September/October

Canvass forms sent during this period will show that they do not need to be responded to as long as all the information listed is correct.

Responses are only required if there are people eligible to register to vote at the address that are not included on the form.

Communications with Residents

Electoral Services can now use other forms of electronic communications where we hold details of landlines, mobile phone or e-mail addresses for a household, to enable us to make contact where necessary.

This year's canvass will be taking place during a still challenging public health situation.

House-to-House Canvassers may be required to call at your property if you do not supply the relevant information for the publication of the Annual Register of Electors.

Electoral Services

Telephone 01229 876318 - Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Please use the answerphone outside of these hours and ensure that you leave your phone contact details so that we can reply to you.