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Annual canvass

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This year’s canvass is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We will make sure we follow public health guidelines, including social distancing, but please consider responding online wherever possible.

Every year we carry out an annual canvass of all households in Harlow to check that the information on the electoral register is up to date.

You will not be able to vote if your name is not on the register. You may also find it difficult getting credit for things like a mortgage or bank loan.

From July 2020, the way we carry out the canvass is changing.

There will now be a data matching step at the beginning of the canvass to make it more efficient. We will compare the names and addresses we have on the electoral register with the same information held by the Department for Work and Pensions.

If your details match, we will send you an A4 letter. If your details do not match we will send you an A3 canvass form.

If you receive an A4 letter

If everyone in the household matches on our check, we will send you a letter which will state the current names on the register at the address. 

If the details are all correct you do not need to do anything.

If you need to make changes (like adding, removing or changing names) go to the Household response website 

You can also phone the helpline or email registration@harlow.gov.uk

If you receive an A3 canvass form

If not everyone matches on our check, we will send you a canvass form which will be pre-printed with the details we currently hold.  If you receive this form you must respond, even if there are no changes. 

You can confirm that the information is correct on the Household Response website.

You will need your two unique security codes provided on the form to confirm your details.

If your information is correct you can also text (80212) or phone (0800 197 9871).

Or you can use the paper form and post it back to us using the reply envelope provided.

If you registered after 14 July your name may not be pre-printed therefore you must add your name to the form to ensure that our records are correct.

If you add someone to the form and they are eligible to vote they also need to register to vote

If you do not respond to the canvass form we will send a reminder form and may telephone or visit your property.

If you do not respond

If you do not complete the form:

  • a canvasser will call at your property from 16 October and 6 November 2020 to request the information
  • you could be fined up to £1,000 if we have still not received a response

You will be able to view the register from 1 December 2020 at the Civic Centre.

Contact information

Office
Electoral Services
Latton Bush Centre
Southern Way
Harlow
CM18 7BL
01279 446042