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Door knocking will commence for homes yet to respond to annual canvass

Date Published: 12 August 2022

Rutland County Council’s dedicated Canvassers will start to visit households in the county who have been invited to respond to this year’s annual canvass and have not yet done so. 

The annual canvass is held between July and December each year to help Rutland County Council to update the local electoral register by identifying anyone who is missing from the list. Those who are not named can then be offered the chance to register.

People who have moved home recently are particularly encouraged to take part in the canvass and check who is registered to vote at their new address. Research by the Electoral Commission shows that recent home movers are much less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. 

Local councils are required by law to organise and oversee the annual canvass in their area. If you receive a canvass letter with incorrect information, it means the wrong people are registered to vote at your address and you must respond with the correct information as soon as possible.

Canvass forms were delivered to all properties required to respond to this year’s canvass and from Monday 15 August, door-to-door canvassers will begin visiting those properties who have not responded to date. Door knockers will be happy to help residents complete their form and return to RCC’s Elections team. 

Canvassers will be carrying clear identification with them and will be encouraging residents to complete canvass forms. 

Those who prefer not to speak to a canvasser will still be given the means to complete the canvass online. They can also contact the Council’s Electoral Services Team by calling: 01572 720954 or emailing: elections@rutland.gov.uk.

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