Annual Canvass

Every year the Electoral Registration Officer West Northamptonshire Council is legally required to conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and complete, for publication on 1st December.

The annual canvass, recently reformed by Government, requires the matching of registered electors against local and national data. Based on the level of data matched, a form of communication is sent to every residential property for all elector details to be checked and respond where indicated.

How you will be contacted

All communication sent to the property will be marked for the attention of "The Owner / Occupier", in case registered electors move out and so that the current occupiers do not ignore our important mailings.

In some instances, response reminders will be sent directly to registered electors via email, telephone, text message, personal visit or paper form.

All contact will be easily identifiable as West Northamptonshire Council and they will only ask for limited information relating to voter registration such as name, nationality, date of birth and national insurance number.

If you suspect fraud, please contact the elections office.

Officers will only visit your property where a response is required and none has yet been received. Officers will wear identification and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines in force at that time.

Responding to the Annual Canvass

Where all electors at a property are successfully matched against local / national data, a response is only required from the household if any information is incorrect.

Where all electors at a property are not successfully matched against local / national data, a response from the household is required, even if all information is correct.

Communication with you, will indicate if you need to respond or not. Any household member aged 16 years or above can respond using the security codes displayed in our canvass communication. To respond please only use one of the following methods:

  • visit the household response website to respond
  • call (if no changes) 0800 197 9871.
  • text (if no changes) "NOCHANGE" followed by security code to 80212
  • post the completed form back using the self-addressed return envelope

Those that assist require greater assistance can contact the elections office.

Posted: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:20 by Alison Benson

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