Annual Canvass

Each year we are required to undertake an Annual Canvass of all households in the District to check that the information held on the electoral register is correct.

We may contact you in a variety of ways including by email, post, telephone and visiting your property. 

Annual Canvass 2023

The 2023 annual canvass has concluded. 

Key dates

The Annual Canvass began on 5 July 2023.

  • Canvass emails were sent from 5 July 2023
  • Initial letters were sent from 26 July 2023
  • Reminder Canvass forms were sent from 29 August
  • Door knockers began visiting properties from 3 October 

How should I respond?

If you receive an email:

  • Click on the link provided
  • Type in your security codes
  • Complete and amend the information as necessary, and then submit the form

If you do not respond to the email, a paper form will be sent to your address.

If you receive a letter: 

The letter will contain instructions telling you whether you need to respond. 

If you are required to respond, or need to update any of the information given on the form, there are three ways to do so:

  • Online via the Canvass Household Response website linked below 
  • Amend and send the letter to Electoral Services, Blaby District Council, Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP
  • By text - If no changes need to be made, text 'NOCHANGE' followed by your security code to 80212
  • By phone - If no changes need to be made, call 0800 197 9871 and when prompted enter your security codes

Please remember:

  • Being registered for Council Tax does not automatically place you on the electoral register
  • If you move house you need to register using the link below to ensure all eligible adults are registered at the new address (if you receive a canvass form you need to respond to it and then you will need to register using the link below)

The Register of Electors is often used to confirm an individual's address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile telephone. If you are not registered you can be refused credit as well as losing your right to vote.


If you know that you are not registered, visit the Government's Register to Vote page linked below.

You need to be included on the register if you are:

  • 18 years old and over
  • British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • 16 and 17-year-olds (although you will not be able to vote until you are 18 years old)
  • residing within Blaby District

If you require a form to register or need help or advice please get in touch with the Electoral Services team using the contact form below.

Frequently asked questions:

I'm registered with Council Tax, why do I need to register again?

Being registered for Council Tax does not automatically place you on the electoral register. You need to register to vote every time you move house.

The household details haven't changed. Do I still need to respond?

Your letter will tell you whether you still need to respond. For some households, if there has been no change, you don't need to respond. For a small number of properties you will need to respond regardless of whether there has been a change. Please check the wording on your letter.

People listed on the letter do not live here any more. What should I do?

Please cross through/delete the individual's name from the canvass form.

I'm the landlord. Should I respond on behalf of my tenants?

No. It is the responsibility of those living at the address to respond to the annual canvass. You should only respond yourself if the property is currently empty. 

What should I do if the property empty?

Someone who is responsible for the property can respond. Please remove any previous residents' names and indicate that the property is empty. 

My child is under 18 years old. Do I need to add their details?

If they are 16 or 17 years old, you should add their details. Whilst they cannot vote until they are 18, adding them to the register ensures that as soon as they are eligible, they will be able to vote at elections. 

I am moving soon. What should I do? 

This will depend on your individual circumstances. Please contact the Electoral Services team using the contact form below, who will advise you on how you should respond.

Why do you need to know if I am over the age of 75?

The electoral register is used to select people for Jury Service. If you are over the age of 75, you are exempt from Jury Service.


Last updated 19 January 2024
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