Annual canvass of properties
You can vote in elections and referendums only if your name appears in the Register of Electors.
A revised Register of Electors is published at the beginning of December each year, based on information relating to those persons eligible to be registered and currently resident at properties in the Borough. The register is the basis of our democracy, so an accurate register is very important.
The information is gathered through the 'Annual Canvass of Properties'. Household Enquiry Forms are delivered to every residential property in the Borough during August and the law requires that they be completed and returned to the Electoral Registration Officer. Householders can respond by a variety of methods, including online, by freephone, SMS, or completing and returning the Household Enquiry Form in the reply-paid envelope provided. Final reminders have now been sent to all non-responding households.
- Quick link to the online response service
Some frequently asked questions
I never vote in elections. Do I need to return the form?
You should respond to the information required even if you do not intend to vote. The information published in the register also gets used for credit reference purposes so next time you try to buy a mobile phone or other item, a credit check could prove difficult.
Who should I include on the Household Enquiry Form?
Be sure to include:
- All British, Irish Republic and qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are resident. (Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those persons who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who do not require such leave.)
- All citizens of Member States of the European Union who are resident at the property.
- All 16 and 17 year olds. (They will eligible to vote when they become 18, but not before.)
- All persons who normally live at your address but are temporarily away - e.g. on holiday, as students, in hospital.
- Anyone who is away working, unless their absence will total more than six months.
- Any other residents, lodgers and guests (but not short stay visitors).
Who not to include on the form:
- Anyone not resident at your address.
- Foreign nationals - except for European Union and qualifying Commonwealth citizens.
- People who are 15 or under.
Moving house or previous occupants listed?
If the Household Enquiry Form lists previous occupants, please cross out the details that are no longer relevant to the property and add the details of the new occupants.
If you are moving out and the property is going to remain empty, please return the form with this information and your leaving date. Otherwise, cross your details through and leave the form for the new residents.
Nobody is entitled to register to vote, so what do I do?
You still need to respond to the Household Enquiry Form if the property is empty, a second home, used only for business purposes or no-one is eligible to vote. The person in charge of the property can either give the details online or complete and return the form.
I have a son / daughter away at university, should they be included on the form?
Students temporarily living away from home are entitled to be included on the register for their temporary university address and their permanent family home address. They are allowed to vote from both addresses for local elections, but are not allowed to vote twice in the same election.
How can I get help with completing the Household Enquiry Form?
You can contact the Electoral Registration Office at Brentwood Borough Council on 01277 312708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further help and advice about your registration.