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Canvass 2017

Each year we update the Register of Electors. This is called the annual canvass and takes place between August and November each year. The revised Register of Electors is then published on 1 December, each year.

During the annual canvass we send household enquiry forms to every residential property to collect information about who lives at a property so that we know who is eligible to register to vote.

Electoral Registration Canvassers

Between September and November, electoral registration canvassers will be calling at households that have not responded to the household enquiry form or to collect individual registration forms.

The canvasser will have a copy of the form that each household or individual needs to complete and the canvasser will provide all help and assistance to ensure forms are correctly completed.

Each canvasser will be carrying official ID.

If the canvasser calls at your address when you are not home they will leave a form for you to complete. Please complete it straightaway using one of the services as listed on the form. Once a response has been recorded, the canvasser will not need to call at your address again.

There are two types of form that the canvasser will be asking you to complete depending on the information required from each household. 

Household Enquiry Form 

By law, we must send a household enquiry form to every property each year. This provides us with updated information about who is living at each address. This information is then used to invite unregistered residents to register to vote, and to remove names of electors who are no longer living at the property.

If the information on the Household Enquiry form is correct

The quickest and easiest way to respond to your form is online at: http://www.householdresponse.com/reading

You will need the security codes on your form to complete this.

If there are no changes you can also use the telephone service mentioned on your form. Again, you will need the security codes on your letter to use this service.

If you need to make changes to the information

The quickest and easiest way to respond to your form is online at http://www.householdresponse.com/reading

You can use this service to add and remove names and to amend any existing information.

If you are unable to respond using the online service, you can make amendments to the form and send it back to Electoral Services using the pre-paid envelope provided. 

Once a response has been recorded, the canvasser will not need to call at your address again.

Where possible please use the online or telephone services, as this will save the council money.

Invitation to Register Form

Where new names are added to the household enquiry form an invitation to register form will be sent out by post or emailed to those eligible to register. A new elector will not appear on the electoral register until they have made a successful application by completing the invitation to register form.

 If we have sent out an individual registration form and the individual has not responded then a canvasser will call at the relevant household to assist the potential elector to complete the form.

As with the household enquiry form if the canvasser calls at your address when you are not home, they will leave an individual registration form for the elector to complete. Please complete it straightaway using one of the services as listed on the form.

The quickest way to register is online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

If you are unable to respond using the online service, you can make amendments to the form and send it back to Electoral Services using the pre-paid envelope provided. 

Once a response has been recorded, the canvasser will not need to call at your address again.

Publication of the revised Register of Electors

All the information received during the canvass will be used to compile a revised electoral register on Friday 1 December 2017. To be included on the register we must receive your information by Tuesday 21 November 2017.

Reasons to register

There are many reasons to register including:

  • to participate in elections and referendums and therefore influence those who make the decisions that affect you on a daily basis
  • it may be harder to obtain credit, mortgages, loans and so on if you don't register - the electoral register is one piece of evidence used by the financial services industry when authorising applications
  • a quick response from you saves you and the council money, as the council won't have to pay canvassers to call at your property

 

 

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