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Annual Canvass of Properties

The register of electors or electoral roll is updated every year. 

Every summer, by law we have to write to every household in Tamworth to check who is registered or eligible to be registered to vote. We then update our electoral register, which is published every year on 1 December.

What you need to do

We will shortly be commencing our annual canvass for the electoral register. In the next few days your property will receive a letter – please note that this will be addressed to “The Resident/Occupier” and the white envelope will have a black box on the front along with the council logo.

Please read the form we send you very carefully and if you need to report a change or you are asked to respond please do so before the deadline printed on the form.

The form will contain the following information we hold for the address:

  • who we have currently registered
  • whether they are aged 76 or over
  • their nationality
  • if they are registered for a postal or proxy vote and if they want to be included on the open register.

If you want to change your opt out preference please complete this Open Register Request form (pdf)

If you would like to vote by post please complete this postal vote application form (pdf)

Please read your letter carefully and follow the instructions for your household so the electoral register is accurate and up-to-date.

The quickest and easiest way to respond is by going online and quoting your two-part security code printed on your form. You can find this on page 1 of your form.

 
 
 
 
 

 

  If you are unable to use the online service you can respond in the following ways:

RING IT

To confirm no changes call:

0800 197 9871

TEXT IT

To confirm no changes text:

80212

POST IT

Using the freepost envelope where enclosed

You will need to quote your two-part security code printed on page 1 of your form.

 

If you don't respond

We’ll send a reminder, followed by a visit from a canvasser who will ask you to complete the form. It's quick and easy online, and takes less than five minutes.

If you still don't respond you risk being removed from the register. If you're not registered you can’t vote and your credit score may be affected.

It is a legal requirement to provide the information requested; if you don't you could be fined £1,000.

What do I do if my name is not on the form?

Let us know you are there by responding to the canvass mailing sent to your property. If you are eligible to vote for the first time, or if you're not already on the electoral register, you will also need to complete an application at gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to provide your national insurance number in order complete the application.

Alternatively you can wait for a paper application which we'll send out to you once we receive your response to the canvass mailing.

For more information

With our team all working from home with limited infrastructure and availability our phone lines are very busy. If you do need to contact us, the easiest way for you to do this is to email us at canvass2020@tamworth.gov.uk and our team will respond to your query as soon as possible