Annual Electoral Registration Canvass

1. Overview

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

During the annual canvass we send a household enquiry form 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. The easiest and quickest way to return the form is by completing it online.

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.

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 or by returning the paper form.

An individual registration form is sent to each new person that you add to your household enquiry form, so that they can register themselves. Everyone in the UK now has to register individually.