Annual canvass

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. We have to do this by law.

You need to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in elections and it can also be helpful when you want to get credit for things like a mortgage or bank loan.

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Paying Council Tax does not mean you are automatically added to the electoral register.

In the canvass, we compare the names and addresses we have on the electoral register with the same information held by the Department for Work and Pensions and our own Council Tax, Housing and Benefits departments

If your details match, we will send you a yellow A4 letter. If your details do not match we will send you a white A3 canvass form. These will be sent from 23 July 2021.

If you receive a yellow 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 websiteYou will need your two unique security codes provided on the form.

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

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

If you receive a white 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 or make any changes on the Household Response website. You will need your two unique security codes provided on the form.

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 to vote after 9 July 2021 your name may not be pre-printed, so 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

If you do not complete the form:

  • We will send a reminder by email, telephone or another form from 25 August 2021.
  • A canvasser will call at your property from 24 September and 25 October 2021.
  • You could be removed from the register and fined up to £1,000 if we have still not received a response.

Once the canvass is finished

Following the annual canvass, a new electoral register will be published on 1 December 2021. The deadline to register for this is 22 November 2021.

Contact information

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