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03 July 2020

Annual canvass to get underway

Now more than ever, we encourage residents to respond to the canvass electronically if they can. It's quicker, easier and saves the council money. which means we can invest more in vital services.

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer

Each year Wiltshire Council asks all residents to complete the annual canvass to check who is eligible to register to vote, and this year it's being done a little differently.

It's part of the Electoral Registration Officer's (ERO) legal requirement to conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and complete.

Some residents will soon be contacted via email and asked to confirm the details for their household are correct if we hold an email address for them.

The email, from Wiltshire Council electoral services, will ask people to confirm their details at the Household Response website and includes their security codes and steps on how to access their household details. The council may email more than one person in the same household, but only one person from each house needs to respond.  

Wiltshire Council encourage all residents respond to the annual canvass electronically if they can. It's more convenient for the resident and saves the council money and time.

Wiltshire Council or the Electoral Commission will never ask people for their bank details.

For those properties where we think there may be a change to the household, they will be sent out a form in the post later this month.

Last year, 200,571 responses were received during the annual canvass.

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, said: "The annual canvass will be little different this year but for many it will mean not having to deal with any paperwork just taking a few minutes and following instructions on an email. Now more than ever, we encourage residents to respond to the canvass electronically if they can.  

"It's quicker, easier and saves the council money. which means we can invest more in vital services."

More details, including FAQs can be found our our elections webpage. 

Last updated: 6 July 2020 | Last reviewed: 6 July 2020

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