There are 2 registers – why?
The electoral register
This lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
It 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 (e.g. fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
This is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any:
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.
To find out if you are on the open register or to remove your details from the open register please email the Electoral Services team on email@example.com or 01702 215010.