Round 2 begins as reminder letters are sent out – check your details!
Around 3300 households have not responded to our first annual canvass letter and will receive another yellow form.
Reminders will be sent out week beginning Monday 7 September, so look out for a letter from Epping Forest District Council addressed to ‘The Residents’ and follow the instructions.
By law, we must carry out an annual canvass across the district to check that the information on the electoral register is correct and up to date.
You will not be able to vote if your name is not on the register. You may also find it difficult getting credit for things like a mortgage, bank loan or even a mobile phone contract. As the May 2020 elections were cancelled, registering now means you’ll be able to vote in May 2021.
What has changed
It is taking place during a challenging public health situation so please respond online, by phone or by text wherever possible.
New legislation allows national and local data matching steps to be carried out before the canvass starts to make it more efficient and reduce costs.
Names and addresses already on the Epping Forest District Council electoral register will be compared with information held by the Department for Work and Pensions and local authority databases. Data matching is fully automated, so we only know the outcome, not how the result is achieved.
What to do
The envelope will be addressed to “The Residents” with instructions on the outside about what you need to do.
If you receive a yellow form, you must check:
- If the information is correct – you must confirm the details by following the instructions on the form.
- If the information is incorrect or you need to delete, amend or add names – you must follow the instructions on the form.
YELLOW FORM RECEIVED – YOU MUST RESPOND – ONLINE, BY PHONE or BY TEXT
If you receive a white form, you must check:
- If the information is correct – you do not need to respond, and the process is complete
- If the information is incorrect or you need to delete, amend or add names – follow the instructions on the form.
WHITE FORM RECEIVED – NO CHANGES TO THE DETAILS – NO RESPONSE NEEDED
How to respond
You will need your two-part security code which you’ll find on the front of your form if you are responding using any of the automated response options available.
Our offices are still closed to the public at the moment, but it is easy to update any necessary changes online or by telephone.
There are 3 ways you can make changes:
- Online: www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
- Phone: 0800 197 9871
- Text: ‘NO CHANGE’ to 80212
Please respond, if you are required to do so, by Tuesday 29 September.
To help cut costs and make things simpler for you, where we can, we will be communicating with you digitally in the future so please provide an email address and/or phone number where asked to do so.
If you have any queries, please contact the Electoral Services Team on 01992 564411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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