LLG Publish Guidance on the Annual Canvass and Data Sharing with the ERO

Publish date: 03/08/2020

LLG have produced the guidance with the cooperation of the Association of Electoral Administrators and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives for the purpose of assisting each organisation's memberships and their authorities with data sharing between any given department and the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) in respect of the Annual Canvass and the ERO’s duties generally.

The ERO holds a legal requirement to undertake an annual canvass which ensures that the electoral register is accurate and complete. The process by which this is undertaken has been reformed this year (2020) by the Cabinet Office, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government, in order to streamline the procedure, reduce the administrative and financial burden and make the process simpler; affording greater discretion to EROs to tailor a canvass to suit their local area.

This Guidance will assist EROs and local authority departments to share data and enable data matching for the purpose of the Annual Canvass.

The Annual Canvass and Data Sharing with the ERO Guidance