Do I have to fill in the Household Enquiry Form every year?
Yes, there is a legal requirement to complete and return the form each and every year. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
Can I complete the form electronically?
Yes, if there are no changes to make to the details on the form, you can use the telephone/SMS/internet options.
If you need to make changes, you can do this using the online option described above. You cannot make changes by telephone or SMS.
Please do not return the form in the post if you use one of these options.
There are people listed on the HEF that do not live here, what do I do?
If anyone listed on the HEF is not living at your address, you can use the internet option at www.elecreg.co.uk/chorley to remove them. Alternatively, you can respond using the form provided. The form should be completed with their name(s) clearly crossed through and returned to the envelope provided.
What if the property empty?
If there is nobody living at a property, the HEF still needs to be returned by a landlord or the person looking after the property. Simply cross out the list of electors’ names (if applicable) that appear on the HEF, and tick the box which says, “Nobody eligible to register to vote?”, sign and date the form and return it in the envelope provided.
Who should I include on the form?
When you complete the annual electoral registration form, make sure you include:
• All British, Republic of Ireland and qualifying Commonwealth citizens currently living in the property. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those persons who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who don't require such leave.
• All citizens of European Union member states who are currently living in the property.
• All 16 and 17 year olds, as they will be eligible to vote when they become 18, but not before.
• All persons who normally live at your address but are temporarily away, for example on holiday, in hospital, as students. Students are entitled to register both at their home address and their term-time address and may vote in local elections in both areas. However, they may only vote once in the event of a Parliamentary election.
• Anyone who is away working, unless they'll be away for more than 6 months of the year.
• Any other residents, lodgers and guests but not short stay visitors.
Who should I not include on the form?
When you complete the annual electoral registration form, don't include:
• Anyone not currently a resident at your address.
• Foreign nationals, except for European Union and qualifying Commonwealth citizens.
• Anyone under the age of 16.
I’ve registered to vote on line - do I still have to fill in this Household Enquiry Form?
Yes, you must still complete it, so that we know the details of everyone at your address. If the HEF is not returned you will receive reminders which could also result in a visit from our canvass team.