Annual Canvass - Register of Electors

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.  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 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 or letter we send you. 

If we do not receive a response from a member of the household to emails, we must send a paper letter to the property by post. Please help save Kingston Council's resources by responding as soon as possible to any email(s) your household receives.

Received an email for an address at which you no longer live?

If you have received an email from us regarding an address you are no longer resident at, you can use to inform us who has moved out. You will need the security codes for this which will have been emailed to you.

Alternatively, if you do not have the security codes, you can let us know if you or somebody else has moved out of a property by completing this form

Removal Form if you are no longer resident

It is important to note that responding to a canvass document will not add any names to the electoral register.  When we receive a response to the annual canvass we then know what action we must take.  We will contact each individual we need to and ask them to register to vote.

To save the council money, anyone who is not registered should register online at  Further details 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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