Return of annual electoral canvass forms (percentage)

Why and how do we measure this data?

This measure relates to the circulation and return of the annual electoral canvass forms which are used to compile the Register of Electors.

The majority of forms are hand delivered by canvassers employed by the Council, with a few rural areas receiving their forms through the post. All forms are posted back to the Council and are entered onto a database which is used to produce the annual Register. Personal canvassing (‘door knocking’) is used to obtain returns from occupiers who do not respond to the initial form.

The percentage return rate is calculated by comparing the number of forms returned against the total number of dwellings in the District. The result provides an important indication about the effectiveness of the Council’s canvassing procedures/accuracy of the Register. It also enables direct comparisons with other local authorities to assess the Council’s performance in producing one of the key documents in the democratic process.

The information on this page is updated annually.

What information can I see?

You will find the information below, both embedded in the web page, in this case as a spreadsheet and a chart, and also available to download in several formats at the bottom of the page.

A copy of this page including the chart and data table can be downloaded in PDF format from the available downloads below.

Figures are not available for the last canvass due to the changes brought about by Individual Elector Registration (IER) which meant that a full canvass was not carried out.

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