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In 1992 local authorities in England and Wales achieved an average response rate of 96% to their canvasses to updat...
In 1992 local authorities in England and Wales achieved an average response rate of 96% to their canvasses to update the electoral register, a similar figure to that obtained in 1991. The London boroughs achieved an average response of 91%, compared with 89% in 1991.

These are findings from 'Compiling the electoral register 1992', published today by OPCS on behalf of the Home Office. Since 1987 the Home Office has sponsored annual surveys by OPCS, designed to keep up to date their knowledge of the methods used by electoral registration officers in compiling the register.

Other findings for the 1992 register are

- The percentage of authorities achieving a final response rate of at least 95% was the highest since 1988.

- 37% of local authorities used hand delivery to all households as their method of initial canvass, 28% postal delivery to all households, and 3% personal canvass to all households. The remainder used a combination of methods.

- Just over a quarter of authorities used personal canvass at the first reminder stage, whilst by the third reminder stage this figure had risen to just under 70% of LAs.

- Half of all LAs were able to provide information on the number of additions and deletions of electors to their register. There were an average of 13,000 additions and 12,000 deletions by each authority. For London boroughs there were an average of 18,000 additions and 20,000 deletions.

'Compiling the electoral register 1992' by Mary Hickman. HMSO Price £8.40.

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