Annual check of the electoral register (canvass)
The Annual Canvass
The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required by law to conduct an annual canvass each year in order to maintain a complete and accurate electoral register. This involves making contact with households across the districts to ensure that any changes to individuals residing within a property have completed registration if they are eligible or to remove those who are no longer in residence.
The Canvass Reform
Before July 2020 we would issue an A3 form called a ‘Household Enquiry Form’ (HEF) to all properties for completion to gather this information. However, since July 2020, all properties will undergo an annual national data matching step, alongside a discretionary local data matching step. This data matching process will then determine how we communicate with you.