Voting and electoral registration
The Electoral and Open Register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The Electoral Register (Electoral roll)
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- detecting crime (eg fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The Open Register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Every person applying to become registered is asked to choose whether to have their details excluded from the open register.
Any elector can contact us at [email protected] at any time to ask us to remove their details from the open register.
You will need to specify your name and address and that you want your details excluded from it and exclusion from the open register will not affect your voting rights or credit status.