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Annual Canvass 2020

Annual Canvass

Each year, by law, between July and November we are required to contact every residential property in Rossendale.  

This year the Government have introduced changes to how the annual canvass is conducted to try and save money.  All the data from the electoral register was sent for data matching against records held by the Department for Work and Pensions.  Following this, each property was allocated a route that we have to follow.  The majority of properties were classed as route 1 which means we are required to issue a letter advising who is currently registered, no response is required for these unless there are changes to be made.  On Friday 3 July 2020 we issued just over 10,000 emails to people in route 1 properties who have previously supplied their email address to us, if we don't receive a response then letters will be issued at a later date.  We would really appreciate a response to these emails to save money by not having to issue letters.

People in route 2 properties will also receive a letter but they will be required to respond even if all the information is correct.  It is important that you respond if the letter you receive states that you need to (even if you have registered individually or if there are no changes to make) as it is used to record all the people living at the property to ensure anyone who is eligible to vote is actually registered, and to avoid reminder forms being sent, if we don't receive a response to the reminder form we then have to send staff to personally knock at non-responding properties.  Due to the Covid-19 situation this is obviously something that we would prefer to avoid.

No changes to the information printed on the letter

If the names pre-printed are correct and no new names or amendments need to be made you can use the security codes printed on the form and respond online, or by telephone by either:

These services opened on 3 July 2020 and will close at the end of November 2020.

Changes to the information

Use the security codes printed on the letter to change and update the details online.  The form is used to tell us who should be registered at the property and is not a registration form.  Once the online response has been completed, each new person will receive an invitation to register.  To do this, please go to the Register to Vote website and complete the online form.  You will need your date of birth and national insurance number.  Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in elections and can also improve your credit rating.

If you have lost your form or cannot access the online services

You can contact the Elections Office on 01706 252446 to confirm the details of who should be registered at the property.  If anyone new is to be added you will need to provide the date of birth and national insurance number for each new individual.

Neil Shaws, Electoral Registration Officer for Rossendale Borough Council said:

"It's important that residents respond as soon as possible so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Rossendale.  To make sure you are able have your say at local elections taking place next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.  If you're not currently registered , your name will not appear on the form."

People who have moved address recently are particulary encouraged to keep an eye out for the letters and check the details.

How we may use your data

Our privacy notice can be viewed here Electoral Services Privacy Notice