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Annual Canvass

Each year we are required to undertake an Annual Canvass of all households in the District, to check that the information on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.

The revised Register of Electors for 2019-20 was published on 1 December 2019.

This year, as part of the Government’s canvass reform programme, we will be using data and electronic communication, such as email and text messaging, to make the process simpler.

This means that from 6th July onwards you may receive a text, email or letter from us asking you to check who we have registered and (where instructed) you should confirm these details or tell us about any changes. Under the new scheme some residents will not need to respond at all. Please read your letter carefully to know if a response is required.

This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.

Where a response is needed, please consider responding online, by telephone or text message wherever possible.

Please remember:

  • Being registered for Council Tax does not automatically place you on the Register of Electors
  • 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.

Eligibility 

If you know you are not registered, visit the Government's Register to Vote page (you will also need to respond to the canvass enquiry form received or reminders will be sent).

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.

Last updated 2 July 2020
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