Keeping the Electoral Register up-to-date

I've had a form through the post - what do I need to do?

What do I need to do?

You need to let us know who should be registered to vote at your address. You can let us know who should be registered to vote online, you'll need the security code that is printed on the form you have received. It only takes 2 minutes.

If you don't complete the information promptly, we are required to send out reminders. If we don't receive a response after sending reminders, we may also telephone you or carry out a personal visit, to make sure we can get a response.   So to reduce costs please don't delay, respond today!

The information you provide about the residents of your household is the first step in the process and those who are not registered to vote will need to register themselves, or we will send them an invitation to register form. 

How do I use the online system? 

  • Go to www.coventry.gov.uk/canvass
  • Enter your postcode and the unique security code from your email or printed on your letter 
  • Check that the information for your property is correct 
  • Confirm your details, or make any changes, and press 'Confirm'. 

If someone is was not previously registered at the property this is the first stage they will then need to register individually, we will send them an invitation to register form which they can complete or they can register online.

The form I have says If the information is correct, I don't need to respond - is this right?

Yes. We think the information we have is correct, so you just need to respond if there are changes.

We have worked with central government and used council tax records to check if the electoral register is still up to date. This should result in a quicker and more cost-effective way of updating the electoral register.

How else can I respond?

The quickest and easiest way to respond is online, however, if there are no changes then you can call the freephone number or text the SMS number on the form, you will need the security codes from the form you have received. 

You can also post this form back to us addressed to Electoral Registration Officer, PO Box 15, Coventry City Council, Council House, CV1 5RR.

If you experience any difficulties with these options you can also call us on 024 7683 3034.

Do I list everyone who lives at the property? 

You need to include the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to register to vote. If there are no eligible residents, you should state why this is the case. 

How do I know who is eligible to vote? 

Find out who is eligible to vote

My son/daughter is living away at university, should I register them here or at home? 

Your son/daughter can register at their home address as well as their university address, but must not vote more than once in the same election. This means they can vote in local elections at both addresses as long as they are in different local government areas, but cannot vote at both addresses in a Parliamentary election.

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