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Canvass of electors

Annual canvass

The Electoral Registration Officer must undertake a canvass each year to ensure that the Electoral Register is complete and accurate.

What we're doing

From the 24 of July 2017 every household in Eden will receive a letter and form called a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). The letter will be addressed to the occupier and the form will have the details of all those currently registered to vote.

Household canvass form

You must respond to the form.

The letter will ask you to check the details of the people who are currently registered to vote. Anyone in the household can respond to the HEF. The letter will also give you details on how you can respond to the HEF.

Are all the details correct?

If all the details on the form are correct you can use the text, phone or online service to respond to the form (see the letter for details). If you respond by one of these methods you will not need to send the paper form back, this will save money by reducing the postage costs.

Need to make changes to the form?

If the details are wrong, for example someone has moved out or you have recently moved in, you need to make the changes and let us know. If you have access to the internet you can make the changes online by following the instructions in the letter. If you use the online service you do not need to return the paper form. If you cannot use the online service, complete and return the form in the pre-paid envelope provided.

What happens next?

If you respond to the HEF telling us that there are no changes we will not contact you again as part of the 2017 canvass.

If you respond to the HEF telling us that new people are now living at the property we will send each person an Invitation to Register (ITR). We can no longer update the register from the household form. Each person must register themselves.  If you register online at we will not need to send you a paper ITR. 

If you amend any of the information on the HEF we may contact you again if we need further details.


If you do not respond to the HEF we are required to send you a reminder, and if necessary a second reminder. Please help us save money by responding to the first form.

If we send any ITRs we are also required to send up to two reminders for these, so please register as soon as you can.

Canvasser visit

If we do not get a response to any of the HEF forms or ITRs we must send a canvasser to visit the property. Completion of the HEF is a legal requirement and failure to provide the information could lead to a fine.