Each year the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) has a legal requirement to conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and complete.

Households will be allocated to routes and will be contacted in different ways depending on the result of our local and national data matching.

This year the annual canvass will start at end of August and run until the end of November 2023. You will receive a form delivered to your property, either by Royal Mail or by one of our canvassers.

Initially, there will be two types of forms. One that will need a response and one that will only require a response if there is a change.

The electoral register has been sent securely to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to be matched against their records held. During the data matching process, electors’ names and addresses are matched against details held by the DWP.

If all the registered people at a property were matched with the DWP, your property will become a Route 1.

If there are any people at a property that could not be matched, your property will become a Route 2.