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Look out for your Household Enquiry Form

Last Modified July 25, 2019

Residents in Hertsmere are being urged to look out for their Household Enquiry Form, which will be coming through letterboxes from 27 July.

All households will receive a letter containing the Household Enquiry Form, which lists the details of residents currently eligible and registered to vote at the property.

Residents are asked to add anyone who should be registered and isn’t on the list, as well as cross out anyone who no longer lives at the address. The form should be signed and returned to the council as soon as possible in the self-addressed envelope. Alternatively you can choose to respond online, by text or via the designated telephone number. Full details on how to respond can be found on your form.

If you do not respond to the form we must send you a reminder and then make a personal visit to your property to confirm that we have all the information that we require. Please help us to save time and money by responding to this form as quickly as possible.

This form is not a registration form but residents do need to complete it. You must respond even if there are NO changes at your property.

The Household Enquiry Form allows residents to inform the electoral services office about:
• electors who no longer live in the property
• new residents at the address
• people who will become 18 the following year
• any corrections or changes needed to resident’s details.

Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager, said: “By law, we are required to undertake an annual canvass of all households in the borough every year to check that the information on the electoral register is as accurate and up to date as possible.

"The aim of the form is to ensure the electoral register has current information and to identify any eligible residents who are not registered, so they can be encouraged to do so.

"Completing the household enquiry form is quick and easy to do. Please check the names of the people printed on the household enquiry form who are currently registered to vote at this address. If no-one is currently registered, the form will be blank. You can add and remove people registered to vote at your property on this form.

"If you tell us there are new people eligible to be registered, we will send each person an Invitation To Register (ITR) form. This form invites that person to apply to register to vote. Individual registration forms ask you to give your date of birth and National Insurance number, alternatively, you can register online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“Registering to vote is quick and easy. It is the only way of making sure you have a vote at election time – you aren’t automatically registered if you pay council tax for instance or if you have registered previously. Not being registered can also impact your credit score."

The annual canvass takes place every year. In Hertsmere, we write to approximately 44,000 households during the annual canvass. You can only vote if your name appears in the register of electors and you are aged 18 or over on polling day. 

Find out more information about the Annual Canvass in Hertsmere.

Posted on Thursday 25th July 2019

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