Annual canvass of properties
QUICK LINK TO THE ONLINE REPLY SERVICE: www.householdresponse.com/brentwood
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 will be delivered to every residential property in the Borough during August and householders will be able to respond by a variety of methods, including online, by freephone, SMS, or completing and returning the Household Enquiry Form.
The quickest and easiest way to provide the information or confirm that there are no changes is to use the online reply service. Go to www.householdresponse.com/brentwood and enter the two parts of your unique security code when prompted.
Completing the information only takes a few minutes. You need to include the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to register to vote. You can also say if anyone listed no longer lives at the property. If there are no eligible residents, you should state why this is the case.
You can tell us about any alterations as part of the online reply service. For instance, if your nationality has changed, you are now 76 or over, you have had a name change or want to opt out of the ‘open register’.
Alternatively, if there are no changes to make to the information, you can use the freephone service by calling 0800 197 9871 and enter the security codes when prompted. If you prefer to use SMS, text NOCHANGE followed by your security codes to 80212.
We recognise that not everyone has access to the internet. If you cannot respond via one of the methods listed, you can make the alterations on the canvass communication and return it by post to Electoral Services at the Town Hall. The address is on the canvass communication. Please make sure that any alterations are clear and that you sign the form and provide a contact number in case of any queries.
You can also contact the Electoral Services Team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the help line on 01277 312708 or 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.
Further information, including FAQs, can be found here:
- Annual Canvass of Properties FAQs 2020
- Information Sheet - The Annual Canvass and Canvass Reform August 2020
If you have recently moved into your property, you do not need to wait for the canvass communication before registering - you can apply to register to vote by going online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.