Register of Electors 2021
The annual canvass ensures that the Electoral Registration Officer at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any eligible residents who are not registered and encouraging them to do so.
The annual canvass for 2020 commenced at the end of August but was conducted in a different way to previous years. Although the annual canvass has now concluded we can still accept back the household registration forms if you have changes to be made to the pre-printed information. The online response service is not available so you should post it back to the address detailed on the form.
We contacted some residents, who are already registered to vote, by email in August and September and asked them to confirm the electoral registration details for their household. Electors were sent from Gov.uk/Notify for example: RB Windsor and Maidenhead <firstname.lastname@example.org>, which is hosted by central government and sent on behalf of Electoral Services at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Electors who received an email were asked to confirm their household registration details by logging on to our secure website at www.elecreg.co.uk/rbwm-e. If a household response was not made before Monday 21 September 2020, a paper form was then sent in the post. These were sent out on Monday 13 October 2020.
Some households received a paper form from us between late August and November and we asked them to confirm the details for their household either by freephone or on our website at www.elecreg.co.uk/rbwm. Not all of our postal communications will include a business reply envelope but details of how and where to respond were detailed on each form. We would encourage you to respond via telephone or the internet if you are able to as this will save the council time and money.
Please look out for our canvass correspondence and respond as soon as possible so we do not have to send you a reminder. If we had to send you a reminder that was sent on Monday 26 October 2020.
Electoral Services’ post will be returned to our new sorting depot based in Poole rather than the Town Hall in Maidenhead. Our new postal address will be provided on the forms we send you.
For more information about we how process your personal data, please refer to our privacy notice: https://www.rbwm.gov.uk
From Wednesday 14 October 2020, Electoral Services also made telephone calls to residents who had yet to respond to their household registration form. We asked you to confirm your household's registration details over the phone, to save you time rather than posting the form back to us or making the changes using our automated telephone response service or internet channels.
To be included in the register of electors, a person must:
- be resident at an address in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead on the date of the application and of publication of the register;
- be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union;
- be aged at least 16 years of age (although only able to vote from the age of 18).
- supply their date of birth and National Insurance number - this information is then verified against other government databases.
If you are a British citizen resident overseas then you must apply to become an overseas elector. As long as you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years then you can register to vote from overseas. Please contact the elections office for application forms and advice or go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you are a member of the British Army, the Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force, you can register as a service voter. This allows you to register at an address in the UK (for a period of five years) whilst posted abroad. Alternatively you can complete an application as an ordinary elector and be added to the register at your home address in the UK. Please contact the elections office or your 'unit registration officer' for further advice if required or visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
It is a legal requirement to respond to the Requests for Information we send you if the information we currently hold needs to be amended. Regulation 23 of the Representation of the People Act (England and Wales) 2001 outlines that electoral registration officers have a duty to request information from persons which is used to compile the parliamentary and local government registers of electors. If any person fails to provide the information requested, they may be liable to a summary conviction or fine which is up to £1,000. You can respond to our requests for information via the internet, telephone or post. The quickest and easiest way to respond to the form is via the internet which will save the council money.