Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Electoral Registration, Valuation and Council Tax within Lothian

Annual Electoral Canvass

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The annual electoral canvass is the main way that we make sure the Electoral Register is up to date. You need to be on the Electoral Register to vote at an election or referendum.

We issue forms to all households in Edinburgh and the Lothians on an annual basis, asking for details of the people who are entitled to vote. It is a legal requirement to provide this information during the canvass.

We may remove the names of people currently on the Register, if they are not included in the return for the property they live in. This will mean they are not able to vote at future elections and referendums.


If you are not registered, you cannot vote. Complete & return an Application Form to ensure you are registered.