The way we carry out the annual canvass to update the Register of Electors is changing. The annual canvass starts in August and the revised Register of Electors will be published on 1 December 2021*.
The annual canvass will follow the process below:
Step 1 - Data matching
The current Register of Electors is sent securely to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to be matched with their records. The results of the data matching will determine how you are contacted. There are three possible routes:
- Route 1 - If all the people registered to vote at the property can be matched.
- Route 2 - If there are people at the property that cannot be matched.
Step 2 – Canvass Communications and Updating the Register of Electors
- Route 1 - we will send the property a form, known as a Canvass Communication A, which will list the elector details we currently hold on record. If the elector details are correct you do not need to do anything more. This form will be posted around 9 August 2021. If you need to add or remove someone from the property or make any other changes, go to the website address and use the security codes printed on the form to login and complete the change. The security codes are unique to the property. If you need to make a change and do not wish to respond online, you can post the form back to us addressed to Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, S43 4JY. Please note that no return envelope will be provided with this form and we would encourage you to make changes online where possible.
- Route 2 - All properties allocated to this Route will in the first instance receive a form, known as a Canvass Communication B, through the post. This form will have the elector details listed on it that we currently have registered. A blank form will be sent if no one is currently registered to vote at the property. This form will be posted around 9 August 2021.
We must receive a response to this form even if there are no changes to report.
To confirm the details are correct or if you would like to add or remove someone from the property or make any other changes, go to our household response website and use the security codes printed on the form to login and complete the change.
If we do not receive a response from the initial form we will make further attempts to get a response from you. This may include sending reminder forms, undertaking a telephone canvass (where we hold a telephone number for anyone registered within the household) or by visiting your property*.
*Please note that due to Coronavirus we will not visit your property unless it is safe to do so.
If we do not receive a response from the form we will make further attempts to get a response. This may include sending reminder forms, telephone calls or visiting the property*.
Recently moved house? New residents?
If you have recently moved house and registered for Council Tax your details will not be entered onto the Register of Electors automatically. You have to make a separate application to register to vote for your details to appear on the Register of Electors.
Registering to vote online is the quickest and easiest way.
If you cannot go online please complete the canvass form and we will send a paper application to register to vote when we receive a response back from you.
What could happen if you don't respond?
- You will receive reminders via paper form, telephone or a door knock until mid-November
- If you do not respond, we will either call you if we have your telephone number or a canvasser will visit your property* to collect the information
- If you do not provide the requested information at all you could be fined up to £1,000
- If you fail to respond you could lose your right to vote
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect our officers we may not visit your property until it is safe to do so.