Annual Canvass

Here you can find information about our annual canvass of electors.

The annual canvass takes place from July to December. This is when we send household enquiry forms to every home in Rutland and ask occupants to check the information held on the electoral register for that address.

The information households provide then allows us to identify anyone not currently registered to vote, so that we can invite them to register. This is something we are legally required to do.

The Annual Canvass of Electors is an important chance for people to make sure they’re able to vote in future elections.

Responding to Canvass

You can reply to the canvass online, by phone or text message, or by post. 

The quickest and easiest way to reply is online and full details will be included in the canvass email or letter we send you.

If you were unable to respond in time to the canvass email that was sent out at the beginning of July, you can use the same codes to respond in the online portal above. Please note that this was only an option if you’d already told us we can contact you by email.

If you receive a canvass email and don’t respond we are legally required to send you a paper form.

If someone in 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.  You can also ask for a printed application form.

If your details do appear on the household enquiry form you still need to respond to the annual canvass to let us know the 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. 


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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