About the electoral register
The two versions of the register
The electoral register is kept in two forms. The electoral register and the open register.
The electoral register
The electoral register is a list of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you won't be able to vote in elections, and you'll lose your opportunity to have your say about what goes on in your area.
Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the electoral register, and they can only use it for a few agreed reasons. These include issues around elections, preventing and detecting crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It an 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.
The council doesn't decide who is allowed a copy of the open register or what it can be used for. The law says that we must sell it to anyone who wants a copy.