Annual Canvass of Electors' Information

Annual Canvass of Electors 2020

Information about Registering to Vote


To register to vote you must be aged 16 or over and be a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen.

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

Canvass forms will be sent out to all households in the Borough during this period.  This is to check whether we have the correct people registered to vote and to ask you to tell us of any changes.

This year the format of the Annual Canvass and the forms to be used have changed and not all households will be sent a form or reminder form during July and August as previously and other households will not receive a form until September.

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

Full details of the processes required will be on the form that you are sent, so please follow the instructions carefully.

Where instructed for CHANGES AND NO CHANGES to the printed details you can respond online at by entering Part 1 and Part 2 of the unique security codes shown on the form and continue to complete all the questions online, or -

Where there are NO CHANGES to the printed details you can use the FREEPHONE number 0800 980 5492.  You must listen to the full message and when prompted enter Part 1 and Part 2 of the unique security codes shown on the form and continue to complete the registration.

If you cannot use either of the above methods, which are both free to use and save the Council money, the form can be returned in the post.

This year’s canvass, which has to be carried out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation.  Please read the details on the form you receive carefully to ensure that you remain registered to vote at all elections to be held during 2021.  The Register of Electors is also used by the Credit Reference Agencies for financial purposes.

If you have any queries about registering or need further advice, please use the contact details below – Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. direct to Electoral Services.

Electoral Services – Telephone 01229 876318 – Email