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Annual Canvass Of The Register Of Electors (Updating your details)

The electoral canvass takes place every year. It is used to ensure that the data we have on the register of electors is accurate and up to date. 

Starting on Friday, 29 July 2022, Basildon Council's Electoral Services team will hand deliver a Canvass Communication letter to residents at a property, asking residents to confirm who is currently living in the property and who is eligible to vote.

Personal Visits

If you receive a canvass communication letter to your property that requires a response and we do not receive a reply, an official canvasser will visit your property to help us complete the canvass. 

The canvasser will have official Basildon Council identification and any visits will be made between Friday, 2 September and Monday, 26 September. 

Final Reminder / Telephone Contact 

If we require a response from the reminder form delivered to your property during September and we do not receive a reply, a final reminder letter will be hand delivered to your property starting on Friday, 7 October.

If you have previously provided us with a telephone number an electoral services team member will contact you to complete the canvass by telephone. Telephone calls from a member of the Electoral Services team will be made during October and November. 

If the details shown on your Canvass Communication Form are up to date

If we have requested a response from your property and all the details shown on your Canvass communication form are correct and up to date then all you have to do is to confirm this by any of the following methods:

  • Online:  Submit your confirmation online at
  • By Freephone: Call the Freephone number 0800 197 9871 and follow the instructions.
  • By phone text message: Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on your Canvass Communication Form to 80212.
  • By post: Complete the form and send it back to us.

Once you have confirmed that the details shown on your Canvass Communication Form are correct and up to date, we won't write to you again until next year's canvass.

If the details shown on your Canvass Communication Form are NOT up to date

If the details shown on your Canvass Communication Form are incorrect or out of date then all you have to do is send us the correct up to date details by any of the following methods:

  • Online: Submit the correct information online at
  • By post: Complete the form with the correct information and send it back to us. (If anyone has moved out of the property but their details are still on the form, please cross out their name before sending the form back to us).

The canvass communication form is NOT a registration form. If you add any new people they will also need to complete a registration application. They can do this at GOV.UK - Register to vote. We will send each person an invitation to register form by post if they do not apply online.

Further information and enquiries

  • For further information and enquiries please contact the Electoral Services Team.