The annual canvass

1. Household Enquiry Form (HEF)

You will have received a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) as part of the ‘annual canvass’. This is a kind of survey carried out every year in order to make sure that the register of electors is kept up to date.

The annual canvass is carried out by sending a HEF (previously known as an annual canvass form) to every household in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The form will be addressed to "the occupier" and will contain the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote.

Each household is required by law to make sure that the details on the form are correct. Most HEFs will list the details of who we think lives at your property. Properties where no one is registered to vote will receive a blank HEF.

All eligible residents need to be included on the HEF. Eligible residents are:

  • people who are aged 16 years or over (although they will not be able to vote until they are 18)
  • British, Irish or EU citizens, or a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK