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Annual check of the electoral register

What is the Annual Canvass/Canvass Reform?

The Annual Canvass - The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required by law to conduct an annual canvass each year in order to maintain a complete and accurate electoral register. This involves making contact with households across the District to ensure that any changes to individuals residing within a property have completed registration if they are eligible or to remove those who are no longer in residence. Previously, we would issue an A3 form called a ‘Household Enquiry Form’ (HEF) to all properties for completion to gather this information. However, due to the Canvass Reform now taking place, this will no longer be the case.

The Canvass Reform - From July 2020, Canvass Reform is being introduced. This will mean there will be a number of changes to the methods we use to ensure accurate data is generated for the Electoral Register. At the start of each canvass, properties will undergo an annual national data matching step, alongside a discretionary local data matching step. This data matching process will then determine how we communicate with you.

Full details about data matching and how to respond to the form you receive are included in the Annual Canvass information download.