Electoral register canvass 2020

Find out what you need to do for the 2020 electoral register canvass.

Every year the government asks us to check the details of everyone registered to vote in households across Aldershot and Farnborough. This year, we will be carrying out this exercise between June and November.

Impact of Covid-19 on this year's canvass

Our Electoral Registration Officers are required to start this canvass process 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 you can. It will make sure the process runs smoothly. It also means there will be no need for any additional contact, which is particularly important at the moment.

Changes for this year

This year, we're streamlining what we do by comparing data we hold against council tax records and the department for work and pensions in advance. 

If everything matches for your household, and we have your email address, you should receive an email from us in June asking you to check and confirm that the information we have is correct through an automated service, the link to the service will be provided on the email, including your two-part security codes. If we don't have your email address, or we didn't get a reply to our email, you should then receive a letter to confirm that everything matches, and you won't need to do anything - unless you need to make changes.

If we can't find a full match for your household, we'll send you a letter to ask you to confirm who's eligible to vote at your home. If you receive a letter, please check if the information is correct and follow the full instructions.

Confirming or updating your information is quick and simple. It will mean that you will continue to be registered and you won't lose your right to vote.

Letters to confirm or make changes to your information on the electoral register

Security codes example Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowIf you receive a letter from us, please follow the instructions carefully.

If you need to confirm or make changes to the information on the electoral register, you can do this using the household enquiry website for Rushmoor. This includes removing people. 

You will need to enter part 1 and part 2 of the security codes shown on your letter.

Adding new people to your household (two-part process)

If anyone new is added, each person will then need to register individually. They can do this at the Register to vote - GOV.UK website. They will need their national insurance number to complete the process.

Making a change to open register preferences for others in your household

If you are the person completing the online enquiry, you can make changes to your preferences and decide if you want your information to be included in the open register.

The security codes can only be used once, so anyone else who wants to make changes to their open register option can use:

Change your open register preference This link opens in a new browser window

Cancel your postal or proxy votes

If you have a postal or proxy vote and decide you want to cancel it, you can do so using our form:

Cancel your postal or proxy vote This link opens in a new browser window

To arrange to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf at your polling station) go to our Voting by post or proxy page.

The 2021 electoral register

We will produce a full and a public version of the electoral register on 1 December 2020.

See our The electoral register page for more details.

 
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