The annual canvass of electors checks all the entries in the Electoral Register to see if they are correct. To do this every home in Eden district is sent a canvass form and it is the responsibility of the Electoral Registration Officer to make sure this happens.
Do I have to complete the form?
By law you must give the information we ask for on the form. Please respond as soon as possible to avoid us having to send a reminder form or visit you at your property. Do not assume that you are registered to vote because you pay Council Tax. You still need to register even if you are renting the property. Read more about what will happen if you do not send the canvass form back.
When should the form be completed?
The form should be returned to us as soon as possible. Once all the forms have been processed and corrections have been made the Electoral Register will be published on the 17 February 2014.
How to complete the form
If printed details are correct
Are all the printed details on the form are correct for the people eligible to vote living at your household?
As there are no changes to the form you can tell us using option A, B or C below:
- Freephone 0808 284 1463
- Internet www.elecreg.co.uk/edc (This opens in a new window)
- Text message 07786 209 363 or 07786 209 370 (if you want to opt out of the edited register)
You will need to enter your security codes shown on the top left of the form in 'Part one' and 'Part two' boxes. You can also post the form back to us in the envelope provided. Please make sure you complete section 5 before doing so. Only one member at your household address needs to sign the form.
Do you or anyone living at your household address want to opt out of the edited register?
We have made changes to the Canvass form this year. Previously if you had chosen not to be on the Edited Register we had shown this on the form. However current guidance states that electors must be given the choice each year to decide if they wish to be on the Edited Register. If you do not want to appear on the Edited Register (opt out) please put a tick in the 'Edited Register' box on the form. If you any anyone living at your household address wishes to appear on both the Full Electoral Register and the Edited Register then leave this column blank. Read more about opting out.
How to complete the form if the printed details need changing
Leave any existing printed details on the form which are correct for the people eligible to vote living at your household address. Put a line through anyone's name who no longer lives at your household address. Add the names of anyone else living at your household address who is eligible to vote, see below for who you can register. Make sure you then sign the form only one member at your household address needs to sign the form. Put the form in the prepaid envelope and post it back to us as soon as possible to avoid getting another form, urgent reminder post card through your door or a visit.
Who can I register to vote on the canvass form?
You can register people living at your household address if their age, address and nationality comply with the following:
- Age - you must be 18 or older to vote. However you can register to vote when you are 16.
- Address - you can only register people to vote from the address where they are living.
You should include the following:
- People who are temporarily away - for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital.
- Students are entitled to register at both their home and term-time addresses.
- Any other residents, lodgers or guests (but not short-stay visitors) at your address.
- Nationality - you can register the following people to vote:
- British citizens. Citizens of the Irish Republic.
- Citizens of other European Union (EU) countries.
- EU citizens will be registered as local government electors only (except citizens of Cyrus, Malta or the Irish Republic, who can vote in all elections and referendums).
- Qualifying Commonwealth citizens, who have permission to enter or stay in the UK, or do not need permission.
When registering people what details do I need to give?
For each person, either on the form or to be added to the form you need to provide the following information:
- Name - surname, first name (in full) and middle initial (if any).
- Nationality - this will usually be as shown on the person's passport.
- For 16 and 17 year olds - please give their date of birth.
- Jury service - for anyone over 70 or will be over 70 by the 17th February 2014, please put a tick in the Jury Service column. People over 70 do not have to do jury service.
Edited register - for anyone who does not want to appear on the edited register, please put a tick in edited register column.
Postal vote - if you are not shown on the form as a permanent postal voter, and you wish to apply, please put a tick in the postal vote column.
I have a few more questions before I can complete the form?
See frequently asked questions on Annual Canvass of Electors or get in touch using the contact details below.
If you do not respond to your Annual Registration Form You will not appear on the list of people allowed to vote. You will not be on the list given to credit reference agencies, which may damage your ability to obtain credit, open bank accounts, prove your identity and access services.
We have to send out a reminder, and if this is not responded to, we are required by law to visit your property in person to confirm the current details. You may be fined up to £1,000, as it is an offense to refuse to register or to intentionally give false information.
Register as an elector during Canvass time
To register as an elector complete the Canvass Form that is delivered to your home. If for some reason you do not get a form contact us on the details below. To register at any other time of year you can apply under the Rolling Registration Scheme see how to register as an elector.
How to get in touch with us:
Address: Elections Services, Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith CA11 7QF
Telephone: 01768 817817
Opening Times: 8.45am - 5.15pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8.45am - 4.45pm (Friday)