2020 annual canvas

Every year we must must carry out an annual canvass to make sure the electoral register is accurate and complete.

This year, the Cabinet Office has a set a new set of legal instructions which mean electors' names and address will be matched against National Insurance details and other data on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) database.

All new electors must register to vote online. If you are unable to register online, please contact us for a paper registration form.

How will I be contacted?

  • If all the registered people at a property were matched with the DWP database - a pre-printed form with the elector details will be sent to the property in early August 2020. If these details are correct you do not need to do anything. If you would like to add or remove someone from the property or make other changes, go to the website shown on the form and use the security codes.

  • If any people at a property cannot be matched with the DWP database - a pre-printed form with the registered electors we are aware of will be sent to the property in late August 2020. We need a response from this form, even if there are no changes to report. If the property is empty, a blank form will be sent.

    To confirm the details are correct, add or remove someone's name or make other changes, please go to the website address on the form and use the security codes or return the form in the pre-paid envelope. You can also call the number on the form to confirm the details are correct.

    If we do not get a response we be will send reminder forms, telephone or a visit to your property, if is it safe to do so.

  • People living in care homes, student halls and other group settings - a letter will be sent to care home managers, duty managers and student hall managers with a list of those electors currently registered at the address which they must update.

When will the new register be available?

The updated register will be published on 1st December 2020.

Further information

For further information please contact us.