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Annual canvass

What will happen during the annual canvass 2020?

Every year the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) has a legal duty to conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and up to date. The 2020 annual canvass has been reformed by Central Government who have set new laws and processes for the ERO to follow.

Properties where we think there are no changes

For properties where we think there are no changes to the electors registered, we will communicate the details we hold for the property and give the electors the option to make changes if necessary.

If we hold email addresses for the electors at the property, we will send an email from 25 August. This may mean that more than one person at the property receives an email but only one person from the household needs to respond. You should respond straight away, either to confirm the information is correct, or to advise us of any changes.

If we don’t receive a response to the email, or we don’t hold an email for your address, a form will be sent to you by post from 24 September, with instructions on what you need to do.

Properties where we think there are changes

For properties where we think there are changes to the registered electors, and we do not think the information we hold is up to date, we will send a form addressed to The Occupier. This is so the household can either confirm the information, or advise us of any changes.

The form will be posted to those households from 28 August. You should respond straight away, either to confirm the information is correct, or to advise us of any changes.

The communication you receive will explain the different ways you can respond. This includes an online option and a telephone response service which will also provide your security codes that you will need for your response.

If you are not able to use any of the above options, you can phone us or return the form to us by post.

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