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Register of Electors Annual Update

Register of Electors Annual Canvass 2021

Every year North Warwickshire Borough Council electoral services are legally required to check the details that we hold for your household for the purpose of publishing an accurate Register of Electors.

Every household will be contacted either by letter, email or will receive a telephone call, asking residents to check the information we currently hold is correct, even if you have recently registered to vote, your house is empty or you have just moved.  We will be sending out forms to all households week commencing 2nd August 2021.

 

What form will I receive?

The communication you receive will tell you whether or not you need to respond.

Where changes are required you must reply, and the quickest and easiest way to do this is online by following the instructions in the communication you receive. You will need the security codes that are provided on the communication.

If you do not complete the information promptly, we may send out reminders. If you still do not respond to our reminder, we may then telephone you or carry out a personal visit.

 

What you need to do

If you have received an A4 Form (Canvass Communication A) - an example can be found here.

This is for those properties where we think there may not be any changes to the information we hold.  If there are no changes to be made you do not need to respond to the form.

If the information on the form is incorrect, you must respond by either 

  • Go to www.householdresponse.com/northwarks
  • Enter your unique security codes from your communication
  • Check that the information for your property is correct
  • Confirm your details, or make any changes, and press 'Confirm'

 

If you have received an A3 Form (Canvass Form) - an example can be found here.

For properties where we think the information we hold is not up to date, we need for you to confirm the information or advise us of any changes. It is important that you respond to this form to avoid further reminders being sent to you.

If there are names printed on the form:

Those people are currently registered to vote at the property. Are their details correct?

Does anyone else live there? If so, please tell us who else is eligible to register to vote at the property.

If there are no names printed on the form:

  • Does anyone live at the property? If so, please tell us who is eligible to register to vote at the property.  Including 16 and 17 year-olds. 
  • If no-one at the property is eligible to vote or it is currently empty, you still need to respond. You will be able to let us know why no electors are registered.  If the form is not responded to, we will send reminders, this is frustrating for the residents and us and wastes resources.
  • Go to www.householdresponse.com/northwarks
  • Enter your unique security codes from your communication
  • Check that the information for your property is correct
  • Confirm your details, or make any changes, and press 'Confirm'

The information you provide about the residents of your household is the first step in the voter registration process.  If the forms are not returned, then we will send out up to 3 reminders to register as it is a legal requirement to register.

Residents who are not registered to vote can do so at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we will send an “Invitation to Register” form for them to complete.  Their National Insurance number will be required to complete the registration application.

You can also respond by:

Post: Amend the form or use a separate piece of paper and return in your own envelope if one is not provided to Register of Electors, North Warwickshire Borough Council, South Street, Atherstone, Warks, CV9 1DE

Phone: Only if the details shown are correct then you can call 0800 197 9871 and when prompted enter your security codes.

 

Do I list everyone who lives at the property?

You need to include the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to register to vote. If there are no eligible residents, you should state why this is the case.

 

Why should I respond to the form?

  • It is compulsory to respond the form, if you do not, you could go to court and be fined up to £1,000
  • Only those registered as electors can vote. If you aren’t registered you can’t help decide who represents you or your local area, or who forms the next government. (List of eligible countries who qualify to register to vote)
  • The register is supplied to credit reference agencies, so non-registration may affect your ability to open a bank account, take out a mortgage, or buy things on credit.
  • Juries are summoned using the electoral register
  • To help detect crime and prevent fraud

 

Removing names from the register

If we are told that a person has moved away, we will send that person a notice of our intention to remove them from the electoral register.  After 14 days of the notice being sent the name will be removed from the register.  By law we are required to have two pieces of evidence to remove someone from the electoral register.

 

Further information can be found at:

Frequently asked questions 

Electoral Commission https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/electoral-register

Or Email us at democraticservices@northwarks.gov.uk or by phone at 01827 719221

Last updated Friday, 23rd July 2021

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