West Berkshire Council

Annual Electoral Canvass

Completing your Household Enquiry form

Every year we undertake a canvass of all households to ensure that the information on the electoral register is up to date. There is a legal requirement for residents to confirm details relating to their property.

This year's canvass will take place from August to November 2021, in readiness for publication of the revised electoral register on 1 December 2021.

Households that do not respond, but are required to do so, may be contacted by telephone. We will only attempt to speak to a registered elector within your household.  Our staff will then ask you a series of questions which will enable us to update your household information.
However, if you wish, you will be advised that you can complete the Canvass Form we sent to your household and return by post.

You can also respond online using the details on the form at http://www.householdresponse.com/WestBerkshire. You will need to use the security codes given on the form to respond online. 

You can also contact us directly on 01635 519464.  It is very important you confirm the details of your household by 30 November 2021 in order that you appear on the published register on 1 December 2021.

Any new electors that need to register can visit: http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and this must be done by 20 November 2021 in order that they appear on the published register on 1 December.

Look out for your form or email

We will be contacting all properties in West Berkshire, either by posting a form, or by email. The form will be addressed to 'The Occupier' but anyone in the household can respond.

If you receive a form...

If you need to update your details on the electoral register, it is important that you respond as soon as you can. This means reminders don't have to be sent. 

If we send you a letter by post, you should read it carefully. The letter will tell you whether you need to respond or not. If you need to respond, please use one of the methods offered as pre-paid envelopes are no longer automatically enclosed.

If you receive an email...

Whether there are changes to be made or not, please ensure you click on the link in the email to respond. This means we will not have to send a form to your property, or send a canvasser to collect the information.

By using email services and working with the Civica Election Services (who help us deal with postal, online and telephone responses), we save time and money. Also, during Covid-19, this prevents us handling large amounts of paper. 

What is the purpose of the annual canvass?

The annual canvass allows residents to inform our electoral services team about:

  • people who live at a property and should be registered to vote
  • people who are no longer living at a property
  • new residents at an address
  • people who will become 18 in the following year
  • any corrections or changes to residents' details

Not being on the electoral register means you will not be able to vote in future elections, and may also affect your credit rating.

The aim of the annual canvass is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who are not registered to vote, so they can be encouraged to do so.

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form, or email, and checks whether they are registered.

After you've told us about any changes

Once your household has been updated, any new or additional residents over the age of 16 must register to vote individually. Responding to the canvass does not mean you are registered to vote. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay the council tax for your home.

To register:

  1. go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  2. fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits, tax credits or pension statements
  3. look out for confirmation from your local electoral registration staff to say you're registered

If you aren't able to go online, we'll send you a paper form (an Invitation to Register), later in the process.

Why you should register

If you are not registered, you will not be able to vote at the time of an election. The electoral register is also used to confirm an individual's address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile phone.

Who can be included on the register?

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

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Electoral Services Team

01635 519464

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