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Remember to respond to annual canvass of electors

Date Published: 20 August 2020
Your Vote Matters

People in Rutland are being reminded to take part in this year’s annual canvass of electors and respond if needed, so that they can vote in future elections.

The annual canvass is held between July and December each year and helps 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.

With Police and Crime Commissioner Elections taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

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.

“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly.”
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission

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.

Councils are required to make repeated attempts to contact electors who do not provide a response to the canvass, including the use of door-to-door and telephone canvassing to gather information.

Canvassers will be out and about visiting homes in Rutland from Monday 24 August. They will be carrying clear identification and will follow social distancing rules whenever they knock on doors. 

Anyone who prefers not to speak to a canvasser will be given the means to complete the canvass online. They can also contact the Council’s Electoral Services Team by calling: 01572 720 954 or emailing: elections@rutland.gov.uk.   

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