Residents Annual Canvass

Between mid-July and November, we conduct the Annual Canvass of all households in the Borough. The Annual Canvass is carried out in order to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote is included on the electoral register so they can take part in elections.

We need to find out if there are any changes to the household so that details of people who no longer live at a property can be removed and any new occupants added can register individually.

If you have not registered to vote at all before or have moved address, please register online at GOV.UK - register to vote as soon as possible, as well as returning any form you receive.

Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in elections and can also improve your credit rating.

Please provide an e-mail address and/or telephone number when you register online or when you respond to the annual canvass - it will help us make sure you are properly registered and can take part in elections.

What type of Canvass Communication will you receive?

Matched Properties – Canvass Communication A - CCA

If the details we hold about you and your property are matched with data held by the government, you will be sent a paper communication. (Canvass Communication A - CCA) This form only requires a response if there are changes to be made.

You will not receive any further communication during canvass if you do not respond.

Unmatched Properties – Canvass Communication B - CCB

If details do not match, you will be sent a paper letter on lilac paper, which you must respond to, (Canvass Communication B - CCB) whether there are changes to make or not.

Please make sure that you respond correctly to the communication you receive as soon as you can, even if there are no changes to be made to the pre-printed details on the form. It is a legal requirement, and you can be fined up to £1000 for not doing so.

This will also help the Council to save money. If you do not respond, we are required to send a Canvass form and undertake personal visits to obtain the information.

Please respond online, by telephone or by text message wherever possible to avoid a personal canvasser door knocking to obtain the information.

Invitation to Register

If you tell us there are new people eligible to be registered and they do not register to vote online, after a short period we will send them an Invitation to Register (ITR) form. This form invites that person to apply to register to vote. Individual registration forms ask you to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number.
Please read all of the information included on the form. If you still need advice, please contact the Electoral Services team by email elections.office@bexley.gov.uk or phone 020 8303 7777.

The Register of Electors is often used to confirm an individual’s address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile phone. If you are not registered you will lose your right to vote at the time of an election.

Postal Voting

The next scheduled election is the Greater London Authority election, to be held in 2024.

Parliamentary General Election is to be held by 2024.

You may wish to consider applying for a postal vote. You can download an application form from The Electoral Commission.