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Electoral Registration Household Canvass

Each year Bedford Borough Council has a statutory duty to confirm the details currently held on the Electoral Register. This is done by sending out a Household Enquiry Form. The form is addressed to The Occupier and contains the details of those electors who are currently on the electoral register at the address.

You need to confirm or amend the details on the form – even if there are no changes to be made.

No changes

If the information on the form is correct you can confirm the details online. You will need part 1 and part 2 security codes that are printed on the form.

You can also:

  • Call 0800 197 3294
  • Text NO CHANGES and part 1 and part 2 security codes to 07860020080
  • Complete the paper form and return it in the pre paid envelope provided

If you respond online or via text or phone you do not need to return the form.

Changes to the information

If you need to make changes to the details printed on the paper form (e.g. someone has moved in or out of your property) you can do this online with your security codes.

Otherwise, you will need to complete the form and return it in the pre paid envelope.

If someone’s name is added to the Household Enquiry Form they will be sent a personal letter called an Invitation to Register which they must complete and return so they can be added to the Electoral Register. If you are not on the electoral register you cannot vote. All applications to be added to the Electoral Register require your date of birth and national insurance number.

If the Electoral Registration Officer does not receive a response to the Household Enquiry Form, a Canvass Registration Assistant is required to visit the address in order to obtain the confirmation.

Canvass Registration Assistants will be out in the Borough over the coming weeks speaking to those households who are yet to respond. All our Registration Assistants have an ID badge and will be asking to confirm details they already have.

Some instances require the Canvass Registration Assistant to ask you for further information such as a National Insurance Number and date of birth. This is normally required for residents who are not yet registered to vote with Bedford Borough Council.