Annual Canvass

Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) are required to keep the register of eligible voters up to date.  From July onwards each year, they contact every household to find out if the details on the electoral register are correct.    This is called the annual canvass.  The Wealden annual canvass will start from mid-August. 

Your household may be contacted in different ways, such as by:

  • post
  • email
  • phone
  • knocking on your door

If you need to update your details on the electoral register, it’s important that you respond as soon as you can.  This means reminders don’t have to be sent, and someone does not need to visit you to get this information.  One of the ways that you will be able to respond is using the online response service.   This is hosted for the Council by a long-standing and trusted contractor.  

The web address for the hosted response service is : 

You will be asked to enter a two part security code (in your email or on the printed form) and your postcode.    You will then have the opportunity to check the details for electors registered at your property and make any required changes before confirming your response.

If you receive a Canvass Form with a reply envelope, the return address is for the Council’s business partner, Civica Election Services.   They will process the forms securely before the forms are destroyed.   Civica Election Services are a long-standing and trusted contractor.

Please contact us if you have any questions by phone on 01892 602417 or email

If you have added someone new when responding to the annual canvass they must complete another step before they are registered to vote. This can be done online at to vote (external link) or by phoning the Council on 01892 602417

Impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 Canvass

The 2021 canvass will run from 1 July 2021 in England and Wales.  (The Wealden canvass will start from mid-August).   EROs are required to do this by law.  It has not been suspended as a result of COVID-19.

When you’re contacted, if you need to make a change to your registration information, please respond as soon as possible.  It will make sure the process runs smoothly.  It also means that there will be no need for additional contact, which is particularly important at the moment.