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.
Households will receive a Household Enquiry Form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct. The form tells you who is currently registered at your address.
The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
What do I need to do?
When you receive your form through the letter box, you will need to check carefully that the correct individuals are registered at your address.
All households are legally required to respond to this letter. If you don’t, we are required by law to send you reminder letters and, potentially, send someone to visit your address to collect the necessary information.
This form can be completed online at http://www.elecreg.co.uk/dab-vjb
When prompted, please enter BOTH parts of your Security Code. These are printed on page 1 (and on the top of page 2) of the Household Enquiry Form.
If you prefer, you can provide the information requested by phone or text (see below for further instructions), by calling us on 01586 555 300 for Argyll & Bute Council area or 0141 562 1200 for East and West Dunbartonshire Council areas , or by completing and returning the form by post.
No Changes Only – reply by Freephone 0808 284 1489 (24 HOURS), when prompted please enter BOTH parts of your Security Code (see page 4 of the Household Enquiry Form for other languages).
No Changes Only – reply by Mobile Phone Text Message – text your two Security Codes, separated by a space, to 07786209389 (24 HOURS, standard network rates apply).
The Household Enquiry Form is not a voter registration form but you do need to complete it. The information you provide will enable us to send a separate voter registration form to all the people living at this address who are eligible and need to register. Any new residents who are eligible to vote can go online to register at gov.uk/register-to-vote once you have responded to this form.
It is a legal requirement to provide the information requested; if you don’t you could be fined £1,000.
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.