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Annual canvass 2020

You need to be registered to be able to vote in any election or referendum for which you are eligible. We run an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is up to date.

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.

Central Government has reformed the way the Annual Canvass is conducted, every household will receive some form of communication but unlike in previous years you may not have to make a return to the form sent to the property.

This year data from the electoral roll has been matched with central Government records as a confirmation of valid electors.

In July:

From 13 July a letter will be delivered to every property in Bromsgrove where everyone in the household matched with Government records. Anyone already registered at the address will be listed on the form and if everything on the letter is correct you don’t have to do anything. That’s it, canvass complete!

If things have changed, such as another person coming to live at or someone leaving the property, just follow the instructions on the letter to make the changes.

Please remember that you must respond to this letter ONLY if there is a change. 

In August:

Where one or more persons did not match the records held with central Government letters, requesting further information, will be sent from 3 August. Someone in the household must respond to this letter.

The easiest and safest way is by going online, this only takes a few minutes. Please us this link using the security code on the letter to make any changes online.

Adding a name in this way is not a registration, to register any new people at the property they will need to go to register to vote .

If the details are correct you can also confirm them by either:

  • phoning the number on the letter
  • texting NOCHANGE, followed by the security code on the letter

If you have received a Canvass Form you have the option to complete in pen, sign it and return by post. We are however discouraging this method during the current public health situation because of the chance of transmission of the COVID19 virus.

It is extremely important that if your letter asks you to respond that you do it as quickly as possible. This means:

  • It will save money for your Council by us not having to print and send required reminders
  • We will not have to send out a canvasser (which legislation requires to do for non-responders) to your property resulting in less risk of infection for us all

During the canvass period we will:

  • deliver canvass communications to all properties in Bromsgrove
  • deliver a reminder to properties who have not responded where a response is required
  • send canvassers, where necessary and as a last resort, to properties to encourage residents to complete the forms - all canvassers will be wearing a Bromsgrove District Council identity badge and have suitable PPE.
  • publish register on 1 December 2020

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