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Electoral Register Annual Canvass

To vote in national, regional and local elections in Shepway you must be registered to vote. This page tells you more about confirming and changing your registration details and registering to vote.

What is the Annual Canvass?

Each year the Electoral Registration Officer must conduct an annual canvass to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register.

Every residential property will be sent a pre-populated canvass form detailing the electors that are currently on the electoral register at that property. You are required to confirm or change the details shown on the form.

The annual canvass begins on 01 July each year and the revised register is published by 01 December of the same year.

What do I need to do?

The Canvass Form must be completed and returned even if you have no changes to make. The Canvass Form can be returned a number of ways as shown below:

No changes

If all details on the form remain the same, it is quick and easy to confirm them by:

You will need the security codes at the bottom of your Canvass Form to use the automated options above.

If you are unable to use any of the automated options above, you should complete and send this form back to us (postage is free).


If you need to change any of the details shown on the form please let us know:

If you can't get online you can amend and send this form back to us (postage is free)

New residents

If your or anyone's name who should be registered is not on the form you will need to register:

If you can't get online we will send a paper application when we receive the form back from you.

What if you don't return the Canvass Form?

  • You will receive two reminder Canvass Forms over a period of six weeks requesting the information on the Canvass Form is either confirmed or changed.
  • If you do not respond, an Electoral Canvasser will visit to collect the information.
  • If you do not provide the requested information at this stage you can be fined up to £1,000.