Don’t lose your voice with the Annual Canvass

Published: 20 July 2021

People counting votes

people counting votes

Don’t lose your voice - residents in Derby are urged to check their voter registration details so they do not lose their voice on decisions that affect them. 

With elections taking place in Derby in May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. 

The annual canvass ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.  

Emily Feenan, Electoral Registration Officer at Derby City Council said: 

It’s important that residents look out for messages from Derby City Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in DerbyWe will send you a formtext message or email for you to respond to. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions sent to you.  

If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at, or you can ask us to send you information explaining how to do this in the post.

As we carry out this important work to update the electoral register we continue to follow  public health guidelines, including respecting social distancing.  

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Derby City Council and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year. 

For more information visit the annual electoral canvass page

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