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'. Letters and forms were delivered to every residential property in the Borough during August 2020 and householders were able to respond by a variety of methods, including online, by freephone, SMS, or completing and returning the Household Enquiry Form. Where a response was required and remained outstanding, Electoral Services Canvassers contacting households by phone, email or by door knocking to gain the information to complete the canvass.

Although the 2020 Annual Canvass has now concluded, anyone not registered to vote can still make an application for registration by going online at

Electors can also notify us of any changes relating to their details - contact the Electoral Services Team by email to or by phoning the help line on 01277 312708 or 01277 312500. Please note that we are currently working remotely, so you should leave your contact details and a member of the team will respond to you once we have received your query.

About the Register of Electors

Two versions of the register are published each year, the full version and the edited version.

The full register

This version of the register contains the name and address of every eligible elector in the borough. It is only available for election purposes (including use by candidates and political parties), for law enforcement and for use by credit referencing agencies.

Anyone can inspect the full register at the Council's reception, during normal office hours, but it must be done under supervision and only hand-written notes are allowed to be taken. Due to the current coronavirus situation, the Town Hall is closed to the public. Please email with your contact details if you would like to make alternative arrangements.

It is against the law for anyone to use the full electoral register for any purpose not provided for within the Representation of the People Acts.

The open register - Also known as the edited register.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register would not affect your right to vote.

If you wish to change your preference, please let us know, by email to, by phone call to 01277 312708 or by writing to Electoral Services at the Town Hall. Each person needs to make their own individual request.

Notice of the verification number for determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 can be found below:

Verification number for the Validity of Petitions pdf