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Annual Registration Canvass 2021

Each year, the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) must carry out a registration canvass to check the information held on the Electoral Register, ready to publish the next year’s register. The Register of Electors 2022 will be published on 1 December 2021.

The 2021 canvass will begin in the week commencing 30 August. Letters will be delivered to every residential property in the district; look out for your letter as this will tell you what you need to do. Depending on the type of letter you receive you may need to take different steps to ensure that the registration for your household is correct.

Your letter will be pre-printed with the current information held for the address and you will need to check to see if the information is correct and to report any changes.

The quickest and easiest way to respond is online at www.registersecurely.com/wakefield, using the security codes printed on the letter. Registering online will only take a few minutes and you can update the details for your full household.

For further assistance, you can contact Electoral Services on 01924 305023.

Elections will take place on 5 May 2022, so it is important to ensure your registration is correct so that you can vote next May. Further information about why you should register is available below.

Register of Electors 2021
  • The Register of Electors 2021 was published on 1 December 2020 and this register is in force until 30 November 2021.
  • To vote in elections in the district, you must be registered. You should register if you move house or change other details such as your name.
  • Registering is quick and easy and can be done online. If you need any help, you can contact us on 01924 305023.

​Before you start

You will need:

  • Your national insurance number (if you have one)
  • Your date of birth

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This button will take you to the government’s secure register to vote website.

​Why you should register

  • If your name is not on the register you will not be able to vote – elections will take place on 6 May 2021.
  • So that you can have a say in issues that affect you
  • If you are not on the register you might be refused a loan, a mobile phone contract or you may even be turned down for a bank account

Who can register?

  • Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not need such leave
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states​​

Need to update your property details?

If there has been a changed at your property, for example someone has recently moved in or out, please send the details by email to elections@wakefield.gov.uk

Further information

Further information about registering to vote can be found at ‘the Electoral Commission Website’. If you believe that you may be at risk if your details appear on the electoral register you may be able to register anonymously.

Anonymous registration

Anonymous registration can help individuals whose safety would be at risk (or where the safety of other people at the same address as them would be at risk) if their name or address was listed on the electoral register – for example a person who has fled domestic abuse.

To register anonymously complete an application form and return to the Electoral Services Office.

Contact us

Electoral Services Office

County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW

01924 305023