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Annual household canvass

We're starting the annual canvass now. We send a compulsory Household Enquiry Form (HEF) to every property in the Forest of Dean during August to check the information we hold, and to find out who needs to be added to, or removed from, the Register of Electors.

This form lists everyone currently registered to vote at the property. You can add any new names or remove or amend any out of date information. This is NOT a voter registration form and we will follow up on any changes you make as necessary.

If you haven’t received a household enquiry form by the end of August please phone the Election team on 01594 812638.

What you need to do

It's a legal requirement to respond to this form and you need to reply each year as this confirms who is living at your address. We'll ask you to:

• Confirm that the details of those living at your address and registered to vote are correct
• Add anyone new (including anyone aged 16 or 17)
• Delete anyone no longer in the household

It’s quick and easy to respond. You can reply online or use the phone or text options explained on the form. You will need Part 1 and Part 2 of your security code which is printed on the form. Any new residents also need to complete step 2: individual registration which you can do online. Household enquiry form

Complete household response online

If you do not reply, we have to send you multiple reminders - which costs a significant amount of taxpayers money. From October canvassers will be sent to visit households where a form has not been received.

New residents - register to vote

Any new residents added to your form still need to apply to register to vote. The quickest way to do this is online with your national insurance number and date of birth. Alternatively we will send an individual registration form in the post within 28 days.   Register to vote form

Register to vote

Once you’ve registered to vote you don’t need to register again unless you change address. You should also inform us if any of your details change such as your name if you marry or get divorced.

Please note: Not being registered to vote can affect your applications for mortgages or mobile phones as credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.                             

New updated electoral register

We use the information you give us to create a new electoral register each year, which we publish in December. For further information about how we process your personal data, please:


  • 01594 810000