The way we carry out the annual canvass to update the electoral register is changing. The annual canvass starts in July and will run until November 2020. The revised electoral register will be published on 1 December 2020.
Detail of the new process and how to respond are provided below.
It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers. It would be helpful if you could respond online where possible.
Step 1 - Data matching
The electoral register is sent securely to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to be matched with their records. In addition to this, an Electoral Registration Officer has the discretion to use local data (e.g. Council Tax records) to perform a matching exercise..
The results of the data matching will determine how you are contacted. There are three possible routes:
- Route 1 - If all the people registered to vote at the property can be matched.
- Route 2 - If there are people at the property that cannot be matched.
- Route 3 - Care homes, nursing homes, student accommodation and all other properties that have a responsible person, for example a Duty Manager.
Step 2 - Communications and updating the register