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Annual Canvass 2020

Annual Canvass of Electors

The annual canvass of electors takes place each year between July and November with a revised copy of the electoral register published on 1 December.  The canvass is designed to ensure we have a complete and accurate electoral register. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and to apply for credit.

This year's canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing. Please respond to the canvass online wherever possible. You can also contact us on 01452 396203 or by emailing elections@gloucester.gov.uk

Responding to the Annual Canvass

Legislation around the annual canvass has changed.  This means we no longer require a response to the canvass from every property.

We will still contact every property.  This might be by email or by post depending on what information we hold. This will be from mid-August onwards.

When we contact you, the email or letter will explain what action, if any, you must take.

If you are required to respond, you will have four weeks to do so.

If you are asked to respond, please respond online where possible.  The website you will be asked to visit is here. You will need security codes to respond and these will be included in the email or letter we send you.

If we do not receive a response from a member of the household to emails, we must send a paper letter to the property by post. Please help by responding as soon as possible to any email(s) your household receives.

Have you received an email from us?

If you receive an email from us it will come from the following email address;  noreply.electoralregister@gloucester.gov.uk

Please respond by visiting www.householdresponse.com/gloucester and entering the security codes that have been emailed to you.

Received an email for an address at which you no longer live?

If you have received an email from us regarding an address you are no longer resident at, you can also use www.householdresponse.com/gloucester to inform us who has moved out. You will need the security codes for this which will have been emailed to you.

It is important to note that responding to a canvass document will not add any names to the electoral register.  When we receive a response to the annual canvass we then know what action we must take.  We will contact each individual we need to and ask them to register to vote.

New residents at your address need to apply to register

Each new resident at your address whose details were provided to us in response to the letter, canvass form or email your household received must complete an application to be registered to vote at your address.  Each new resident can apply now at here and it takes just a few minutes.

Any new resident at your address who does not register as soon as possible will receive a letter or email from us to formally invite them to register to vote at your address.

Please note that it is a legal requirement to register to vote when invited by the Electoral Registration Officer to do so.  A person failing to register without providing an adequate reason may be fined £80.

If you have any questions regarding registering to vote, please email elections@gloucester.gov.uk 

 

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