District Council Electoral Services

Residents urged to respond to their yellow letter

Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are urged to respond to a yellow letter which will arrive through their letter boxes in the coming days.

The annual ‘Household Enquiry Form’ requires people to confirm everyone over the age of 16 who currently lives in their property.

As soon as people get their yellow letter they should visit to confirm their details are correct or, if not, provide the correct information.  You will need the 2-part code on the yellow letter to do this.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in future elections, including the Police and Crime Commissioner Election due to take place in May 2020.

Important – by law, each household must confirm their details, even if they are correct.  Anyone who fails to do so could be fined up to £1,000.

Residents who do not have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form that comes with the letter – a reply paid envelope is provided.  If your details are correct you can quickly confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.

If a household doesn’t respond they will receive reminder letters.  Council staff will also visit properties which haven’t responded by the Autumn to confirm the details.

Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said: “As soon as you get your yellow letter please confirm your details – the easiest way to do this is by visiting  By law you must do this, even if all the information is correct, and if you respond immediately you will avoid receiving any reminder letters.”