What is the canvass?
We carry out a “canvass” every year between July and November to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, ready for the publication of a revised register on 1 December each year. Every household in North Kesteven is sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). It is addressed to “the occupier” and the purpose of the form is to confirm who lives at your address. This means we can invite other residents, including any 16 and 17 year-olds, to register to vote if we need to and also start the process to delete any previous residents if they are still registered at the property.
It only takes a few minutes to complete and return the form and this will help to ensure that your name is added to the Electoral Register if necessary and that all the details for the property are correct.
It is a legal requirement to respond and to provide the information requested; if you don’t you could be fined up to £1000.
Responding to the Household Enquiry Form (HEF)
What you need to do?
We will ask you to confirm that the details of those living at that address and registered to vote are correct. You need to include the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to register to vote if their names are not already pre-printed on the form. If there are no eligible residents, you should state why this is the case.
If anyone listed on the HEF is not living at your address, their name/s should be clearly crossed through. Anyone in the household can respond to the letter.
If you tell us there are new people eligible to be registered they will receive an invitation to register form. They can also go online to register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote once you have responded to the HEF.
All the details are correct?
If the details are correct, all you need to do is follow the instructions on the letter.
Choose only one of the following options:
- Call 0800 197 9871
- Text NOCHANGE followed by your security code to 80212
- Complete the paper form we sent you, sign the declaration and post it back in the pre-paid envelope (free postage).
You’ll need the security code printed on the front of your form to confirm your details.
Need to make a change?
If there are any changes for the property then the response can be online or by returning the form.
What happens if I don't respond?
The HEF is not a registration form but you do need to complete it. Canvassers will call to all properties where there hasn’t been a response to the HEF or the reminder letter.
The law says that if you don’t, you could be fined £1,000.
Must I register to Vote?
If we have invited you to register to vote, you will have been sent an ‘Invitation to Register’ form either by post or by email.
By completing the registration process, you will ensure that you can vote in a future election or referendum. However, voting is not compulsory.
If you do not register, it will not only affect your right to vote, it may also affect your ability to open a bank account, get credit, a loan or a mortgage as the full register is checked by authorised credit agencies.
If you don’t respond, we are required to send you reminders through the post and someone will visit your home. You may be fined £80.
Do not register only when you need a mortgage or finance
Due to processes and timings that we must observe by law it can take several weeks before your entry is visible to credit agencies and they can take months to update their records.
You can save time and expense to the taxpayer and avoid receiving reminders and personal visits by responding to the canvass form and registration invitations promptly after you have received them.
The revised Electoral Register will be published on 1st December each year.