The Electoral Register

The electoral register sometimes called the 'electoral roll,' lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote. 

For more information visit GOV.UK 

We keep two registers - 

  • the electoral register, can also be referred to as the full register 
  • the open register, can also be referred to as the edited register 

The Electoral Register 

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. This register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only people who are eligible can vote. It is also used for other limited legally specified activities, such as detecting crime such as fraud, calling people for jury service and 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. It is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details or for commercial activities such as marketing. 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. 

Opt in ot out of the open register 

If you are already registered to vote, you can request to opt-in or opt-out of the open register by calling or emailing your request along with your name and address.

Email - 
Telephone - 01482 300 302

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to register. You will be asked your open register preference as part of the application. 


Your personal information 

We only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We look after personal information securely and we follow the Data Protection Act 1998

We do not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law. 

Registration dates  

Towards the end of the summer, we send out forms to each household to check the information we hold and gather details of any changes. An updated register is then published on 1 December each year. 

During the year, by law, we must publish updates on the first working day of every month except October and November when we do not publish. 

Rolling Register Dates
Date the update to the register is published  Application submission deadline Last date to provide evidence to support an application 
Wednesday 2 January  Tuesday 11 December 2018 Wednesday 19 December 2018
Friday 1 February  Thursday 10 January Friday 18 January 
Friday 1 March  Thursday 7 February  Friday 15 February 
Monday 1 April Friday 8 March  Monday 18 March
Thursday 25 April (used for 2 May elections only) Friday 12 April Wednesday 24 April 
Wednesday 1 May  Tuesday 9 April Wednesday 17 April 
Monday 3 June Friday 10 May  Monday 20 May
Monday 1 July  Friday 7 June Monday 17 June 
Thursday 1 August  Wednesday 10 July  Thursday 18 July
Monday 2 September  Friday 9 August  Monday 19 August 


View the Electoral Register and the open register 

The full and open registers are available for public inspection at the central library.

Only hand written notes may be taken when viewing the open register. The full current register and subsequent notices of alterations, which includes all amendments, additions and deletions to the current register are held at the central library. 

The full register must be viewed under the supervision of a member of staff and only had written notes can be made. 



01482 210000

Opening hours

Monday: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm-7:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am-7:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am-1:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Central Library 

Albion Street



Historic registers

Once a new register is published the previous version of the register is no longer available for public inspection for 10 years. 

After a 10 year period has elapsed, historical copies of the full electoral register are available for unsupervised inspection at the British Library. 

For more information visit the British Library website

Buy a copy of the Open Register 

You can buy a copy of the open register, sometimes known as the edited register, for commercial or marketing purposes. The open register contains the names and addresses of electors who have not chosen to opt out of the open register. 

The cost of the open register is based on the format required and the number of records to be purchased.The cost is set out in legislation and is the same across the United Kingdom. The fees for sale of the open register are - 

  • in data format, £20 plus £1.50 per 1000 entries (or remaining part of 1000 entries)
  • in print format, £10 plus £5 per 1000 entries (or remaining part of 1000 entries)

To enquire about buying a copy , or part of the open register please email your request to