Make sure you're on the register

Published: Friday, 23rd August 2019

Every year Oxford City Council prepares a new electoral register.

As part of this the Council is sending out canvass forms for households to respond to and in October and November canvassers will be out and about visiting those households that haven’t yet replied.

How to register
The electoral register is the list of everyone who is entitled to vote in elections. Those not on the register will not be able to vote. The quickest, easiest way to register is by going to You can also register by phone or text (the details are on the form) or you can return the form by post if that’s easiest for you. You’ll need the form as it contains the security codes that are used during the registration process.

"If you want to have a say in how the Council or the Government is run, you need to vote and that means you need to be registered. Taking part in the democratic process is a well-founded right, but we all need to be sure that we register to take part.

"It's a legal requirement to provide information for the electoral register and if you don't respond to the canvass, you could be removed from the register. Not being on the register can mean you'll have difficulty obtaining credit as well. Credit reference agencies legally use the register to check details so not being on it could affect an application for a mortgage, credit card, or mobile phone."

Oxford City Council Returning Officer, Anita Bradley.

Everyone aged 18 and over who is eligible to vote must register. Responding to the registration form promptly means that the Council will not have to send a canvasser, saving time and money.

The Council will be sending out registration reminders to those who haven't responded from 20 September. Canvassers will then start visiting unresponsive properties from 14 Oct until mid-November.

The new register will be published on 1 December.  

For more information phone 01865 249811 or email the Elections Service.