Annual Canvass of the Register of Electors 2017

Household Enquiry Forms

From August 2017, Electoral Services will be sending Household Enquiry Forms to every household in the borough.

All households must respond to this request for information. Those who don't respond to the form using the internet, telephone or text response services (where applicable) or return a completed form could be fined £1,000.

If all the information is correct

The quickest and easiest way to respond to your form is online at www.householdresponse.com/wandsworth

You will need the security codes on your form to complete this.

If there are no changes you can also use the telephone or text services mentioned on your form. Again, you will need the security codes on your form to use these services.

Where possible please use the internet, telephone or text services, as this will save the council money.

If you don’t have access to a phone or the internet, you can complete the form and send it back to Electoral Services in the reply envelope provided (postage is free).

If any information is incorrect

The quickest and easiest way to respond to your form is online at www.householdresponse.com/wandsworth

You can use this service to add and remove names and to amend any existing information.

Where possible please use the internet service, as this will save the council money. 

If you don't have access to the internet, you can complete the form and send it back to Electoral Services in the reply envelope provided (postage is free). 

The purpose of the Household Enquiry Form

By law, we must send a Household Enquiry Form to every property each year. This will provide us with updated information about who is living at each address. This information is then used to invite unregistered residents to register to vote, and to remove names of electors who are no longer living at the property.

Responding to the Household Enquiry Form (either online or on paper) will not automatically update information on the electoral register. Where further action is required we will make contact with you.

What to do if you receive a canvasser calling card

Electoral registration canvassers will visit households where there has been no response to the Household Enquiry Form. These personal visits will take place between September and November 2017. If the canvasser calls at your address when you are not home, they will leave a calling card. 

If you still have the Household Enquiry Form, please respond to it straightaway, preferably by using one of the internet, telephone or text services listed on the form. Once a response has been recorded, the canvasser will not need to call at your address again.

If you do not have the Household Enquiry Form, the canvasser will call at your address again with a new form for you to complete. We cannot send new forms from the Electoral Services office, you will need to wait for the canvasser to call again. If you are not home when they call again, they will post the form through your letterbox. Once you have this form you must respond to it straightaway.

What happens once you have added a name to the Household Enquiry Form

Where new names are added, an individual registration form will be sent by post or emailed to those eligible to register. These names will not be included in the electoral register until they have made a successful application to register to vote. 

There is no need to wait for the individual registration form to be sent. Any new residents who are eligible to vote should go online to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote as soon as possible.

Future elections

In order to vote in any elections your name must appear on the Electoral Register. The next scheduled elections are due to take place on Thursday, 3 May 2018. These will be the borough council elections.

However, elections can be called at short notice, as was the case with the UK parliamentary election in June 2017.