Delivering the annual canvass - England

When should I publish the revised register following the annual canvass?

When should I publish the revised register following the annual canvass? 

Unless there has been an election during the canvass you must publish the revised register by 1 December.1  

Dies non do not apply to the requirement to publish by 1 December which means you can publish the register on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday if you choose to do so. You also have discretion to publish before this date, however doing so will have an impact on the cut off dates for registration applications.
 
Publishing on 1 December will help to ensure that the revised register is as accurate and complete as it can be and will maximise opportunities for potential electors to be included.
 
Publishing in November means the revised register would not reflect any new electors who had applied to register after 23 October, nor would it reflect any amendments or deletions determined after 31 October.

While the registration process continues throughout the year, the publication of the revised register is a key milestone. Whenever you decide to publish, you should be able to explain the reasons for your decision. See the table below.

Application and determination deadlines that apply to the publication of the revised register

Event Dates if the revised register is published on 1 December Dates if the register is published in November
Last day for receipt of new applications to register 22 November 2023

23 October 2023

(6 working days before the determination deadline)

Determination deadline 30 November 2023

31 October 2023

(last working day of the month prior to the month when the revised register is published)

Anonymous registration application and determination deadline 30 November 2023

31 October 2023

(last working day of the month prior to the month when the revised register is published)

Deadline for amendments to and removal of register entries 30 November 2023

31 October 2023

(last working day of the month prior to the month when the revised register is published)

Publication By 1 December 2023 Any date during November

Monthly notices of alteration 

Updates to the register must be published on the first working day of each month, however you are not required to issue a monthly notice of alteration in the month you are publishing the revised register or in the two months before that day, but may do so if you wish. If the register is published in November this means you are not required to publish a monthly notice of alteration in September, October and November. If it is published in December, you are not required to publish a monthly notice of alteration in October, November and December.

Last updated: 1 June 2023