Annual Canvass

By law, the Electoral Registration Officer is required to undertake an Annual Canvass of all households in the borough every year to check that the information on the electoral register is as accurate and up to date as possible. If requested, it is a legal requirement for residents to confirm details relating to their property.

Look out for your Household Enquiry Form

For the Annual Canvass in 2020, Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) will be sent out in Barnet between July and September. The information received is used to update the Register of Electors that is published in December. 

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. 

The HEF allows residents to inform the Barnet Electoral Services office about:

  • electors who are no longer live in the property
  • new residents at the address
  • people who will become 18 the following year
  • any corrections or changes needed to resident’s details.

A HEF will be sent to every property in the borough with the details of residents currently registered to vote at the property.

  • For some properties, if all the details on the form are correct, you will not need to respond. However, some properties must respond even if all details are correct (whether your household needs to respond or not will be clearly explained on the form).
  • If the details are not correct and you need to make changes (i.e. add a new resident, remove a resident or any other changes) you must respond. The quickest and easiest way to do this is online. Details about how you do this securely will be provided on the form.

If the HEF has the previous occupier’s details listed, please cross out the name(s) of anyone that no longer lives at your property. Once you inform us people have moved out we can start the process of removing them. Please add the name of any person who should be registered at your property. The quickest way to amend your details is by going online.

Following completion of the HEF, anyone that needs to register must still go online at:

You DO NOT need to return the form if you have responded online. 


Invitation To Register

If you tell us there are new people eligible to be registered and they do not register to vote online, after a short period we will send them an Invitation To Register (ITR) form.  This form invites that person to apply to register to vote.  Individual registration forms ask you to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number. 

Please read all of the information included with the HEF. If you still need advice, please contact Electoral Services by email or phone 020 8359 5577.

The Register of Electors is often used to confirm an individual's address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile phone. If you are not registered you will lose your right to vote at the time of an election.

You need to be included on the register if you are:

  • aged 18 and over
  • a British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (see list of eligible nationalities)
  • a 16 or 17 year old
  • living in the London Borough of Barnet.

If you have recently registered but your name doesn't appear on the ITR form, please still respond and add your name to the form.

If the house is empty, you will need to respond to the ITR. If no one is listed on the form or someone’s details are on the form but the property is now empty you can respond online or by sending the form back.

If the house is occupied by students, they can still register to vote. Students can register both at their home address and university address. Students are entitled to vote at local government elections at home and in Barnet. However, they are only able to vote once at a national election, so they can choose where to vote, either in Barnet or at their home address. Please add the names of any students who wish to register in Barnet either online or by sending the form back.