Electoral Canvass

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What is the canvass?

To ensure we hold the correct details on our Electoral Register we undertake an annual canvass of all households in the Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire each year between July and November.

The annual canvass is undertaken every year, and is prescribed by law.  You are not automatically registered just because you pay council tax.  Being registered to vote means you will be able to vote in elections and referendums, and have your say in the issues that matter to you.

Canvass Reform

Canvass Reform was introduced for 2020. This means there are a number of changes to the methods we use to ensure accurate data is generated for the Electoral Register. At the start of each canvass, properties will undergo an annual national data matching step, alongside a discretionary local data matching step. This data matching process will then determine how we communicate with you.

How does this affect me? 

The data matching stage will determine how we communicate with you to verify information on your property.

  • Route 1 – all individuals within a property match with either national or local data.
  • Route 2 – only some/none of all individuals within a property match with either national or local data.

What do I need to do?

ROUTE 1

If all individuals within your property match as above then you will receive a Canvass Communication to check the details we hold for your property.

  • If all is correct – you do not need to do anything
  • If there has been any changes – you should respond by following the guidance on the form

ROUTE 2

If some or none of the individuals within your property match you will receive a Canvass Form – you must respond to this whether there is a change or not

  • If all information is correct – follow how to make a No Change response guidance on the form
  • If there have been any changes – you should also respond by following the guidance on the form

Is it too late to respond to a Canvass Form?

No – it is not too late to respond.  We update the Register of Electors on a monthly basis and can accept changes throughout the year.

You can:-

  1. Return the form by post
  2. Contact one of our offices below

ero-abc@dab-vjb.gov.uk – Argyll & Bute Council

01586 55 300

ero-wdc@dab-vjb.gov.uk – West Dunbartonshire Council

ero-wdc@dab-vjb.gov.uk – East Dunbartonshire Council

0141 562 1200

What happens next?

If you have made any changes to the form, e.g. added new people to the form each of these individuals will receive an application form (known as an ITR), which will need to be completed before they can be put onto the Register of Electors. Individuals may register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote this is the quickest and easiest way to respond to an ITR.