Find out more information about Lambeth's 2019 Electoral Canvass.

What is the Annual Electoral Canvass?

Each year Lambeth Electoral Services must contact every household in the borough to obtain details of everyone entitled to vote at each address. This enables us to confirm the names of existing voters who are still entitled to be registered, remove details of people who are no longer resident and invite new occupants to register individually.

Lambeth’s 2020 Register of Electors will be published on 1 December 2019.

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1. Household Enquiry Form

Every residential property in the borough will be sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) in July 2019. It is a legal requirement for residents to confirm details of voters at their address in response to the HEF.

If your property is empty, solely business premises or no residents are eligible to register to vote, you must still respond to the HEF so that we can confirm this information for our records.

The quickest and easiest way to respond is online using the household response website.
You will need the two-part security code, printed on the HEF sent to you in order to use this service.

2. How do I respond to the HEF?

The quickest and easiest way to respond is online or by SMS or telephone. You will need the two-part security code printed on the HEF sent to you. If you no longer have this form, please wait for the reminder HEF form.

If there are no changes, you can respond in the following way:
- Online using the household response website
- By SMS – text NOCHANGE followed by both parts of the security code to 80212 (standard charges apply)
- By telephone – please call 0800 197 9871 - By completing the paper HEF and returning it in the pre-paid envelope provided with the form

If there are changes, you can respond in the following way:

  • Online using the household response website
  • By completing the paper HEF and returning it in the pre-paid envelope provided with the form

If we do not receive a response to the initial request or reminder forms, a canvasser will visit your property to assist with obtaining voter details for your address. If you are not home when they call, they will leave a calling card detailing their visit. Canvassers will have a Lambeth ID badge and letter of authorisation.

3. Invitation to Register

You must respond to the HEF but it is not a registration form. Any members of your household who are not registered must make a separate individual registration application by visiting the register to vote website.

Applications take around 5 minutes to complete and applicants’ National Insurance numbers and dates of birth must be provided.

If no registration is received from individuals whose names have been added to the HEF we will send an Invitation to Register (ITR) either by email or post. Individuals with outstanding applications may also receive a personal visit from one of our canvassers.

4. Changing Your Opt-Out Status in the Open Register

You cannot change your opt-out status using a HEF. To opt-out of inclusion in the open register each individual must submit their own request online Changing your opt-out status.

Alternatively, each individual can email or write to us requesting their details are removed from the open register.

You will need to provide your full name and address when requesting an opt-out from the open register.

5. How to Apply for or Cancel a Postal or Proxy Vote

You can request for a postal voting application form online using the household response website but you cannot request a postal voting application on the paper HEF.

To cancel an existing postal or proxy vote, each individual should write a signed letter to us detailing their request, along with their full name and address. You can scan and email your letter to postalvotes@lambeth.gov.uk once you have signed it. Attachments should be in JPEG or PDF format only and we cannot access attachments submitted via share sites. You can also send your signed notification to us by post.