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Have you responded to the Annual Canvass yet?

Last Modified September 14, 2020

As the council's Annual Canvass continues, households across Hertsmere are being asked to check the information that appears about them on the electoral register. 

Since July, Hertsmere Borough Council has sent canvass communications to residential properties by post, mail or text message to make sure the electoral register is up to date, identify any residents who are not registered and to encourage them to do so.

As we move into the next phase of the canvass 23,000 properties will receive a letter from the council containing their details as they appear on the electoral register. Householders only need to respond to this letter if the information is wrong and the electoral register needs updating.

Residents that have previously supplied their contact details and have not yet responded will receive a telephone call from a member of the Hertsmere Canvass team, either early evening or on a Saturday, encouraging them to check the details on the form.

Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager, said: “It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from Hertsmere Borough Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Hertsmere.

“If you haven’t responded please do so as soon as possible. If we don’t receive a response to the canvass you may be removed from the register, which will affect your right to vote and your credit score.

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working in line with public health guidelines, which means our canvassers will not be door knocking at homes that have not responded this year.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the canvass form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the canvass form and send it back to us.”

Canvass ends on 22 November 2020. All forms must be returned by this date to ensure all eligible electors are included on the register when it is published on 1 December 2020.

It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly.

“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”

The annual canvass in Hertsmere is started on Monday 20 July.

For more information on the annual canvass our annual canvass page.

Residents who have any questions can contact the elections team on 020 8207 7481 or email elections@hertsmere.gov.uk.

Find out more about voting and registering to vote.

Posted on Monday 14th September 2020

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