The Electoral Register

The Revised Electoral Register was published on 1 December. During the year, by law, we must publish updates on the first working day of every month (except October and November).

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
  • checking credit applications

If your registration is affecting your credit score, please contact us via the form below for advice.

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
  • a company
  • an 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 or 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 either -

  • completing the general Electoral Register Enquiry form at the bottom of this page
  • emailing your request along with your name and address to
  • telephoning 01482 300 302

Register To Vote

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. 

Access more information on Register to vote

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. 

Access to the Electoral Register

Due to the closure of public libraries following government advice on Covid-19, there is limited access to the Electoral Register at the Guildhall. If you wish to inspect the register or have a registration enquiry either -

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 either -

Electoral Register Enquiries

If you have a general Electoral Register Enquiry complete the form below.