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Annual Electoral Registration Canvass

About the Annual Electoral Registration Canvass and legal requirements

Each year we update the Register of Electors. This is called the annual canvass and takes place between July and November each year. The revised Register of Electors is then published on 1st December each year.

During the annual canvass we send household enquiry forms to every residential property to collect information about who lives at a property so that we know who is eligible to register to vote. It is best to return your form as soon as possible so we don't need to send you reminders or visit your property.

If you add new people to the form then we will contact them so that they can register themselves. Everyone in the UK now has to register individually.

We sent out this year's forms out on 23rd July 2019 and you should receive yours a few days later. When you get yours please check your details and complete the form (doing it online is the easiest and quickest way) and return it as soon as possible to avoid further reminder forms.

It is a legal requirement under section 23 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 to return your household enquiry form.

See: Section 23 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 - on the UK Legislation website

It is also a legal requirement to be registered to vote under section 5 of the Electoral Administration Act 2013. This states that you must return your individual registration form which you can do online, in paper form, by phone or email.

See: Section 5 of the Electoral Administration Act 2013 - on the UK Legislation website

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Forms to complete, FAQs and letters

We sent out this year's forms out on 23rd July 2019 and you should receive yours a few days later. When you get yours please check your details and complete the form (doing it online is the easiest and quickest way) and return it as soon as possible to avoid further reminder forms.

Note: It is always easier and quicker to complete your forms online.

Click on the relevant form below for more information:

Household enquiry form - the 'blue' form
Household enquiry form (the blue form)

Individual registration form - the 'grey' form
Individual registration form (B&W)

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Prize draw for returning your household enquiry form

If you return your form using either the online, phone or text service then your household will automatically be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win one of three £50 M&S vouchers (please see full terms & conditions below).

If you use one of these automated methods to return your form please do not also return the form by post.

However, if you are not able to use one of the automated return methods please complete and return your form in the envelope provided.

Please use the link below to find out more about how to complete and return your:

Household enquiry form - the 'blue' form
Household enquiry form (the blue form)

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