The annual electoral canvass
The annual canvass is carried out each autumn. We send a compulsory ‘household enquiry form’ to every property in West Oxfordshire to find out who needs to be added to, or removed from, the Register of Electors.
This form lists everyone currently registered to vote at the property, giving you the opportunity to add any new names or remove any out of date information.
This is NOT a voter registration form and we will follow up on any changes you make as necessary.
What you need to do
It's a legal requirement to respond to this form and you need to reply each year as this confirms who is living at your address.
We'll ask you to:
- Confirm that the details of those living at your address and registered to vote are correct
- Add anyone new (including anyone aged 16 or 17)
- Delete anyone no longer in the household
It’s quick and easy to respond. Anyone in the household can respond and details of how to reply are given on the household enquiry form. If possible, please use one of the web, phone or text options as explained on the form.
Complete household response online
If you do not reply, we have to send you multiple reminders through the post - which costs a significant amount of taxpayers money.
What happens next
We use the information you give us to create a new electoral register each year which we publish in December.
Any new residents added to your form still need to apply to register to vote and we will contact them. Alternatively, the quickest way to apply is online:
Once you’ve registered to vote you don’t need to register again unless you change address. You should also inform us if any of your details change such as your name if you marry, or get divorced.
Please note: Not being registered to vote can impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.