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We are seeking views on the proposed reforms to the annual canvass outlined in the below policy statement. We intend for these reforms to be implemented in 2020.
The proposed reforms are intended to enable local authority Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) to target their resources more effectively. The proposals include using data matching (using both national and local data) at the start of the canvass to identify those properties where it is likely that the occupiers remain the same. Where this is the case, EROs will be able to run a lighter-touch canvass. The proposals aim to reduce confusion and inconvenience for citizens and allow EROs to operate more efficiently.
This consultation is being conducted jointly with the Scottish and Welsh governments.
We welcome feedback on the proposed reforms. Responses will inform decisions about the final shape of the reforms before legislation is introduced in the UK and Scottish Parliaments, and the Welsh Assembly, in 2019.
Responses are welcome until 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the consultation.
Ways to respond
You can provide your views by doing any of the following:
- completing the online consultation on the Scottish government’s consultation site
- downloading the documents from the Welsh government’s consultation site
- completing the ‘Annex - collated questions’ document below and e-mailing it to email@example.com