Annual Canvass 2021

Annual Canvass

Annual Canvass of Electors

The annual canvass of electors takes place each year between July and November with a revised copy of the electoral register published on 1 December. Our electoral registration canvassers are out visiting properties that have not responded to our forms throughout October. 

The canvass is designed to ensure we have the correct people on the electoral register. This year's canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place again during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.

Please consider responding to the canvass online wherever possible.

Please be aware that there may be times when Electoral Services staff are unable to attend to in-person queries at the Guildhall. If you would like to discuss a matter with us in person, please call or email us to arrange an appointment.

Responding to the Annual Canvass Legislation around the annual canvass has changed.

This means we no longer require a response to the canvass from every property. We will still contact every property.

This might be by email or by post depending on what information we hold. When we contact you, the email or letter will explain what action, if any, you must take.

If you are asked to respond, please respond online where possible. The website you will be asked to visit is 

You will need security codes to respond and these will be included in the email and/or letter we send you. If the email or letter we send you asks you to reply, please do so as soon as possible.

This will prevent the need to send out a reminder form or even to visit your property therefore saving the Council’s money.

Have you received an SMS from us (RBK Voting)?

If you have received an SMS from us it is because our records show we are still awaiting your household's response to our Annual Canvass of Electors Form.

Please use the form you have been sent to respond, email us at [email protected] or call us on 020 8547 5026.

Do not reply to the text. The SMS has a link to only, no other links have been included.

Have you received an email from us?

If you receive an email from us it will come from the following email address: [email protected]

If you receive an email please follow the instructions on the email to provide the required response.

You may need to wait for a form to arrive through the post before you can respond. The form will be addressed to ‘the resident’. The email you receive may ask you to follow a link to a third-party website to respond. This website is

If you have received an email for an address at which you no longer live then please complete the form below: removal of a name from the electoral register, if you are no longer resident.

You should also make sure you are registered to vote at your new property - you can do this online at

Further information can be found on:

Register to vote page

Change of name

Removal of a name from the electoral register

Postal voting


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