The annual household canvass to update the register of electors is changing this year. Look out for your canvass communication which we will send around mid July.
How it works
Canvass reform means that we will data match all individuals within households with the Department for Work and Pensions Customer Information System (DWP CIS) and local data sets in mid-June – based on test data undertaken earlier this year we expect approx. 70% of households to match.
- Matched Households – You will receive a letter outlining the details of people registered at that property if all the details on the letter are correct you DO NOT need to respond. If they have changed you should let us know using the online service or by calling the Helpline number to make the changes.
- Unmatched Households – For the 30% of households in the Borough that we do not get a full match for will receive a letter outlining the details of people registered at that property. The letter will ask you to use the online service or call the Helpline number to make any changes. You do NOT need to send the letter back to us. Please respond as soon as possible as this will avoid us having to contact you again.
If you do not reply
We are required to chase up non-responders so households may get a phone call or email from our team at Electoral Services or failing that a door knock from one of our personal canvassers.
The personal canvassers carry ID and will not enter your house they will have a Canvass Form that looks a bit like the form we sent you last year – this does require a response. You can either complete the form with the canvasser or they will leave it with you. The canvass Form will ask you to use the online service or contact the office. Alternatively you could post this form back to us with any changes made.
It is important that if there are any changes you tell us so that we can make sure you are able to vote in any elections. Not being registered may also affect your credit score.
What happens next
Anyone who is added to a property will still need to register to vote. We will send them an ‘Invitation to Register Form’ to anyone who has been added so that they can register to vote either by filling in the paper form or by registering online
Remember by completing the canvass form or making changes via the online service or calling the Helpline you are not registered only confirming the names of the people at the property.
The Electoral register is a list of all names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in the Warrington Borough Council electoral area.
The new Electoral Register will be published in full by 1 February 2021
Canvass Changes from 2020
The way we carry out the annual canvass to update the electoral register has changed. Instead of sending all households a form which you had to return we now carry out a data matching exercise with the Department of Work and Pensions and local datasets in June.
We expect approximately 70% of households to have a full match of all occupants and these households will be sent a letter saying that you do not need to respond unless the information is wrong and it tells you how to make changes by going online using your personal security codes provided.
For the other properties where we did not get a match you will receive a letter which shows the details that we currently hold you must respond to this form. You will be provided with details of how to make changes by going online using your personal security codes provided.