Voting and elections

Voter registration canvass

Each year, towards the end of the summer, we update the electoral roll by sending you a household enquiry form that you need to respond to.

This process is known as the annual canvass and the purpose of the household enquiry form is to confirm who is eligible to vote at this address. It takes place in August-November and is used to update the electoral register for when it is published on 1 December.

Every household – whatever the occupier's nationality or status – will need to reply each year, whether it is correct or not. It is easy to do and full instructions are included with the form itself. It is an information rather than registration form so anyone who is added to the household enquiry form will also need to individually register to vote. 

Confirming everything is correct 

If there are no changes to the pre-printed information on the form you still need to confirm your details. You can do this in less than a minute using the Freefone, Internet or SMS texting service or complete and return the form. The details of this, including your security codes, can be found on your form. 

Making changes or adding new names

The quickest way to do this is online or you can complete and return the form. Once you have made the changes any individuals that need to be added to the roll can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If nothing is received, the Electoral Registration Office will send them a voter registration form. 

Registering or changing details after 1 December

If you move house or your details change, you can update your registration at any time of year at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You’ll receive confirmation of this in writing, which you may want to keep as proof of your registration.