Please look out for your email or letter and respond!

Each year, Wirral Borough Council sends a form to every property in the borough to ask if the same residents are still living at the address or if there are other changes to make. The changes might be to remove someone’s details, add a new elector, change a name or opt-out of the open register. We call this the annual household canvass.

Residents for whom we hold an email address will be contacted by email from 2 July 2021. The email sender will be Wirral Electoral.

All other households and those not responding to the email will receive a letter in the post in early August 2021.

From 1 June 2020, Canvass Reform has changed the way the annual canvass is carried out.  We will now upload your information to the Department of Work and Pensions to check you still live at the same address.

If the information that is held on the electoral register matches the Department of Work and Pensions data, we will send you a Canvass Communication A (CCA) letter to your house to confirm the elector details we hold.  If all the information on the letter is correct you will not need to respond to this letter. You only need to respond to inform us of any changes to this form.

If the information held on the electoral register cannot be matched with the Department of Work and Pensions data, we will send you a Canvass Communication B (CCB) letter (CCB) or a canvass form. If you receive either of these letters, you must reply to this letter even if there are no changes to the form.

The CCA and CCB letter will detail if there is a requirement for you to respond. If there are any changes to electors' details on any of the letters that you receive, you must inform us of these changes to keep the electoral register up to date.

Please note that anyone that you add to the names already printed on your form will not be registered to vote and will need to register by visiting GOV.UK. This is because the household enquiry form is not an electoral registration form.

If they do not register we will write to those individuals separately to remind them to do so.

Please note that you are required by law to respond.

As a local authority we have a statutory duty to maintain a register of electors. The Electoral Registration Officer has a legal duty to maintain this register. This duty is fully explained in the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations.

The legal basis for processing this information falls under the performance of a public task in the public interest or exercising official authority. Therefore, any task related to performing this function including sending a Household Canvass and sending the out the letters is carried out on this basis and is compliant with the new Data Protection Legislation (including GDPR).

If you would like more information on the Annual Canvass, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

Any residents who have any questions can contact Electoral Services via email: electoral@wirral.gov.uk or telephone: 0151 691 8046.

To view our privacy notice and find further information on how we manage your information visit www.wirral.gov.uk/register