Annual electoral registration canvas

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From August this year, each household will receive a Household Enquiry Form addressed to The Occupier.

This form enables us to confirm who is a resident in the household, and also helps to identify new and previous residents.
 

Your vote matters. Make sure you're in

We need to make sure our electoral registration records are correct. Being registered gives you the right to vote at elections and could also improve your credit rating or help you if you need to apply for credit.
 

What do I need to do?

When you receive the form please check the information which has been sent to you and either confirm it is correct or let us know what changes need to be made.
 

How can I respond?

If you do not need to make changes to the details printed on the form, you can confirm this with us either online, by Freephone, text or post.

  • Online: registerbyinternet.com/tewkesburybc. You will need the Security Code included on your form.
  • Freephone: (24 hours) 0800 197 9871. You will need the Security Code included on your form.
  • Text: Text NOCHANGE and the Security Code included on your form to 80212
  • Post: Sign the form and post it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided with the form.

If you need to make changes to the details printed on the form, such as adding/removing/amending details, you can respond either online or by post.

  • Online: registerbyinternet.com/tewkesburybc. You will need the Security Code included on your form.
  • Post: Make the changes on the form and post it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided with the form.
     

What happens next?

The information you provide will enable us to send a separate individual registration form to all new people in the household who are eligible to register.
 

Electoral registers

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
 

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

  • Detecting crime (e.g. fraud).
  • Calling people for jury service.
  • Checking credit applications.

 

The open 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 organization. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. 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 does not affect your right to vote.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you would like to opt out of the open register, apply for an absent vote or change your details on the electoral register please use this online form:

Your personal information

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and other people in your household to anyone else or another organization unless we have to by law.