Annual canvass 2020

We must, by law, check the register of electors each year by sending a canvass communication form to every household in the council area. This is known as the annual canvass.

The form will list everyone currently registered to vote at the property and information on how to respond will be on the form.

The canvass runs from August to the end of November.

The electoral register is published each year on 1 December. If you are not on the electoral register you will lose your right to vote and it can affect your credit rating.

Annual canvass 2020

The way we carry out the annual canvass to update the electoral register is changing. These changes will include making contact with some properties via email, as well as the more traditional method of sending paper communications through the post to those that we do not hold email addresses for.

From August, we will contact every household in the district to find out if the details on the electoral register are correct.

Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) are legally required to keep the register of eligible voters up to date.

This year we may contact by:

  • post
  • email
  • phone
  • knocking on your door.

If you need to update your details on the electoral register, it is important that you respond as soon as you can to avoid reminders forms or someone visiting you to get this information.

Impact of coronavirus on the 2020 canvass

The 2020 canvass will run from 24th August 2020. EROs are required to do this by law. The canvass is not suspended due to coronavirus restrictions.

When we contact you, if you need to make a change to your registered information, please respond as soon as possible.

It will make sure the process runs smoothly. It also means there will be no need for additional contact, which is particularly important in the present circumstances.

If you need assistance, please email or phone 01730 234350.