Every household in the Epping Forest district will receive a Household Enquiry Form (HEF), to check the right people are registered to vote.
Your form will be in an envelope marked ‘Do not ignore this’, it is not junk mail.
If there have been no changes to your household, by law you still need to respond to confirm your details.
It is not necessary to return the form to us – in fact it’s far easier to confirm your details online, by freephone or text message. It only takes a couple of minutes and all you need is the 2 part security code on your form.
Confirm by phone 0800 197 9871
Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
Make changes online
If there are changes you can amend the information online easily and quickly. You will need the 2 part security code on the form.
You can also amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope.
Individuals will then be contacted to verify the changes.
Just because you are eligible to vote, it doesn’t mean that you are registered to vote. You will need to register individually at GOV.UK which is separate from the Household Enquiry Form.
Help keep costs down
Returning Officer Glen Chipp said: ‘Please check your Household Enquiry Form straight away. If all the details are correct, confirm this online, by freephone or by text, instructions are on the form. Help keep costs down – this is the simplest, quickest and cheapest way to ensure you can vote. You do not then need to send back the paper form.’
‘Only 1 person needs to complete the household enquiry form per household. They can do so on behalf of everyone living there.’
‘Elections can be called with as little as 6 weeks’ notice. Registering to vote makes sure you can have your say. It also helps your credit rating as credit agencies can see you live where you claim to live. Electoral law means we have to do this every year, it’s known as the annual canvass.’