Annual Canvass of Households 2020

Every year we are required by law to conduct a canvass of households in the Rother area, to confirm who lives at the address and check who is eligible to vote.  This is to make sure our electoral register is correct and up-to-date.

Previously we sent a paper canvass form to every address, followed by door to door visits for households that had not responded.  The canvass has been reformed this year to include different ways to contact residents, including by email, letter and telephone.

When you’re contacted, please respond as soon as possible if asked to do so, so there will be no need for additional contact.  This is particularly important at the moment due to the current public health situation.  Please see below what we are sending, and when:

Key Dates

  • Monday 17 August 2020 – Emails will be sent to some residents.  Please follow the instructions in the email and respond online, using the security codes in the email.  The email will come from
  • Monday 14 September 2020 – Households who have not responded by email will receive a letter or canvass form in the post.  Please read the instructions included carefully, and respond as soon as possible if asked to do so.
  • Monday 12 October 2020 – Additional emails and letters will be sent to households who previously received a canvass form but have not yet responded.

It is a legal requirement to provide information when asked to do so by the Electoral Registration Officer. 

Please be aware that responding to a canvass form does not automatically register you to vote.  Once we have received a response from a household, we will then individually contact any eligible residents who have been newly added to the canvass form, and invite them to register to vote.

The easiest and quickest way to register to vote is online at

The revised Electoral Register will be published on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

If you have a query about the Annual Canvass this year please complete the Election form below.

More information about voting and registering can be found at