How to register

Annual canvass - August to December

We publish the revised Register of Electors on the 1st December of each year.  We are required to contact each household in Sutton to confirm that the information we hold on the Register of Electors is correct.  From August to November we deliver a household enquiry form to all residential properties in the borough.  This is called the ‘annual canvass’.

In order to register you must complete and return the household enquiry form for your property.

You can do this either by:

  • Posting the household enquiry form back to Electoral Services (a prepaid return envelope will be supplied with your form)

  • Calling the automated registration phone line on 0808 284 1581 – you will need to input your household’s individual security code; this will be on page 2 of your form (you can only use this facility if there are no changes to the information on the form)

  • Going online to www.elecreg.co.uk/sutton - you will need to input your household’s individual security code; this will be on page 2 of your form

If any new residents have been added to the household enquiry form must also register their name individually.

  • You can register individually online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

  • It takes five minutes (and saves money).

  • You need your national insurance number before you start.

  • We will send a paper application via the post if you cannot register online.

Why must I complete two forms?

  • The household enquiry form confirms who lives at the address.

  • Each new person must register individually – providing their national insurance number and date of birth (this helps prevent fraud). New residents are not registered until they apply individually and their application is successfully verified.

Why do I have to register?

  • It is the law that you have to provide this information (Representation of People Act 1983).

  • You cannot vote unless you are registered.

  • You cannot get credit (mortgage, bank account, mobile phone etc.) unless you are registered.

Once you have registered we will send you a letter or email confirmation.

If there are no changes to the information on the form:

All of the information will be added and published to the revised register on 1st December.

If there are any residents no longer at the address:

Any residents that have been removed from your household enquiry form will be deleted from the register and will not appear when the revised register is published on 1st December.

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