Annual Canvass of Households 2019

Every year we are required by law to send a ‘Household Enquiry Form’ (HEF) to every household to ensure that the Electoral Register is kept up to date. 

The HEF shows the electors who are currently on the electoral register at that property.  It is a legal requirement that someone in each household responds by confirming or changing the details on the form.

Please note that the Household Enquiry Form is only to see who resides at each residence in the District, and only who is eligible to register to vote in each household.  The Household Enquiry Forms are not electoral registration forms and therefore this process does not register anyone to vote.  You will be sent separate forms for registering to go on the Electoral Register.

Please remember that you must respond, whether there is a change or not.

Once we have received the completed HEF back, we will ask each newly added, eligible member of the household to register to vote by sending them further paper electoral registration forms in the post. 

Key Dates

  • First HEF – sent to households from Wednesday 14 August 2019 – residents are invited to respond via the methods outlined on the first page of the form as soon as they receive it.
  • Reminder HEF – sent to households from Wednesday 11 September 2019 – if we have not received any response from the initial forms.
  • Door to door Canvass – from Friday 11 October to Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Our personal door to door canvass is the final part of the annual household canvass. Our canvassers will be visiting properties that have not responded to either of the first two HEFs. 

Canvassers will be going out during the day time, evenings and also weekends. We have asked them not to canvass any property after 8pm in the evening.

All canvassers will be wearing a Rother District Council identity badge and have an official appointment letter.  If the canvassers are unable to make contact with the household, they will leave a calling card to encourage residents to respond.

This will be the final chance for electors to be included in the revised Electoral Register which will be published on 1 December 2019.

If you have a query about the Household Enquiry Form please complete the Election form below.

More information about registering to vote can be found at