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Annual canvass

Each year we check who should be registered to vote at every house in the borough.

In 2016, a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) wasdelivered to every house in Oadby and Wigston at the beginning of August.

What is the HEF and why have I received one?
The HEF tells you who is currently listed on the Electoral Register for your address. You need to confirm or update the details by responding to the form.

On the household enquiry form, we list the information we currently have on file about people registered to vote - for example whether they have a postal vote, or are over 76. We list those who are over 76 because the Courts Service use the Electoral Register to call people for jury duty and those over 76 are not eligible for jury service.

Why do I have respond to this form?
Responding to the HEF is a legal requirement as the ERO needs this information to be able to publish a complete and accurate register on 1 December each year.

If you don’t respond to the HEF you could be fined up to £1,000.

How do I respond to the form?

You can respond to the form by using one of the following options:-

In addition to this if you have no changes to make you can also respond by:-

  • Calling 0800 197 9871 (automated service)
  • Texting NOCHANGE followed by your security code to 80212

You will need to enter your security codes (provided on your HEF) when responding online or by phone.

When do I need to respond by?
Responding is quick and easy and you should do this as soon as possible. If you don’t respond early you will receive reminders or a personal visit from a canvasser.

What happens next?
If you have confirmed that the details on your HEF are correct then you don’t have to do anything further.

The household enquiry form, is just that, an enquiry form. If any new people have been added to a household enquiry form, they must now register to vote themselves; they can now go online to register themselves at www.gov.uk/registertovote or they will be sent an invitation to register form.

To register to vote you now have to provide your National Insurance Number and date of birth. The invitation to register form is used to register an individual.

If you have confirmed that the details on your HEF are correct then you don’t have to do anything further. If you have added any new names to your form then these people will receive an additional form called an Invitation to Register (ITR) which they will need to complete by providing their date of birth and national insurance number.

By completing the Invitation to Register they will:

  • be able to vote
  • improve their credit rating
  • ensure that they have access to council services
  • avoid a fine of £80

What if I’m a student living in Oadby and Wigston?
You must still respond to your HEF and ITR. As a student you can register at both your home and term time addresses. Registering in Oadby and Wigston not only enables you to vote here but also ensures your access to council services.

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