Published: Monday, 5 October 2020

Every year Oxford City Council undertakes a city-wide canvass to draw up a new electoral register, making sure that those who have a right to vote will be able to do so.

The Council has already sent out canvass forms for households to respond to withreminders sent out at the end of September. In October and November Council canvassers will be out and about visiting those households that haven’t yet replied.

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 the Register to Vote webpage. 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. Voting is a well-founded right, but you also need to make sure that you’re registered to take part.

"It doesn’t take long and by registering you’ll make sure that you’ll be able to vote in the next local or national election when it’s called.”

Anita Bradley, Oxford City Council Returning Officer

Those who don’t respond to the enquiry form or reminder will receive a visit from one of our canvassers in October, but you can save the Council time and money by making sure you register before they call.

Everyone aged 18 and over who is eligible to vote must register. Not being registered not only means you’ll lose the chance to vote; it may affect your credit rating as the electoral register is used to confirm addresses for credit checks when applying for a loan, mobile phone or mortgage.

For more information, phone 01865 249811 or visit the Register to Vote page

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