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Annual canvass

Every year we contact all Cardiff residential properties to confirm the information on the Electoral Register.  

This process is called the “annual canvass”. 

It is a legal requirement to keep the Electoral Register complete and accurate, and the Electoral Commission monitors the process.

We publish the updated Electoral Register every December. 

Remember anyone who is new in the property or turned 14 since the last canvass needs to register on GOV.UK to vote​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

How it works

You will receive an email or letter from us in either July or August. 

Let us know if you:
  • move home or to student accommodation, 
  • change your name, 
  • would like to change the way you vote, 
  • would like to change your Open Register preference. 

Check and confirm your details

You will get an email or letter asking you to confirm your details.

You will need your security codes in your email or letter.

You do not need to do anything if there are no changes.

Check and update your details

If we think there may be changes at your property, you will receive a letter by 11 August.

You will need your security codes in your letter.

If you do not confirm your details

If you do nothing, we will send you a form to complete from the 7 September.

Return the completed form before the 5 October.

We may visit your home to ask for your details in person if you do not return the form.

Report a change of information

You can contact us at any time of the year with changes to your information on​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​ or 029 2087 2087 so we update the Electoral Register.
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