Household canvass

Telford & Wrekin Council will be visiting households in the borough who have yet to return their electoral register household enquiry forms.

Household canvass

So far more than 65 per cent of the borough’s households have returned their forms, which were sent over at the beginning of the summer.

Reminders have been sent to around 23,000 homes who have not yet returned their forms.

It's important to return the form in the annual electoral register update, to ensure that residents don’t lose the chance to have their say in elections.

Over the summer, each household will have received an annual enquiry form listing all those who are registered to vote at the address. This form must be updated and returned to the Council so that anyone not already individually registered to vote can be given details on how to do so.

It is easy to confirm the details are correct, by phone, text or online. If there are any changes or additions to the form, such as new residents or children aged 16 or 17, these should be marked on the form and returned. There are detailed instructions on the form. 

Richard Partington, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Managing Director, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already responded to the household canvas.

“Around 23,000 households have not returned their forms, around 35% of the total number in the borough. 

“Some people will assume that paying Council Tax means you are registered to vote but this is not the case. 

“I am urging all those eligible to vote to return their form as soon as possible.”

Under the new individual electoral registration system brought in last year, as well completing the household form, anyone at an address who wasn’t confirmed on the new system and hasn’t registered to vote individually since will be sent a further registration form to complete. 

Sixteen and 17-year olds can also register, so that they are able to vote as soon as they turn 18.

It’s easy to do this online at but you must still fill out the household enquiry form and send it back so that everyone in the house has the opportunity to register to vote.