Annual Canvass

The annual canvass is conducted during from the period July to December each year.

This is so we can keep the electoral register up-to-date for all local households in Rutland and identify anyone not currently signed up to vote, so they can be invited to register.

The annual canvass helps to make sure the electoral register is correct and up-to-date in time for the annual issue of the Register of Electors on 1st December.  

With local elections taking place in Rutland in May 2019, the Annual Canvass of Electors is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Responding to Canvass

There are various ways to respond to canvass including online, by telephone or text message or by post. Full details are contained on your canvass form and we need you to respond as soon as possible. 

If a member of your household is not currently registered to vote their name will not appear on the Household Enquiry Form. The easiest way for them to register is via the national GOV.UK website. Printed application forms are also available on request. 

If your details do appear on the Household Enquiry Form you still need to respond to the annual canvass to confirm that this information is correct. 

If you've recently moved address it's particularly important to keep an eye out for the form and check your details. Around 94% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year. 

If you have already provided us with an email address you may receive an email between 29th June to 8th July inviting you to complete the canvass online. This will be addressed from Rutland County Council.   

Anyone with questions about Rutland’s annual canvass can contact our Elections Team by emailing: or calling 01572 722 577.

Registering to Vote  

Please note that registering to vote is a separate process.  If you have already registered to vote you will still need to complete your Household Enquiry Form. 

If you wish to register to vote you can do so online on the Register to Vote website.    

Personal Canvassers 

If you do not responded to either your Household Enquiry Form or the reminders the Electoral Registration Officer has a statutory duty to arrange for a personal canvasser to visit your home to ensure that you have been given every opportunity to complete the form.  

Please note, there is a legal requirement for you to supply the information requested. If you don't you could be fined up to £1,000   

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