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I fear for my safety – can I register anonymously?

Your name and address will be on the electoral register if you register to vote.

If you think your name and address being on the electoral register could affect your safety, or the safety or someone in your household, you can register to vote anonymously.

This means you will still be able to vote, but your name and address will not be on the electoral register. The electoral registration office will not disclose your details to anyone, unless they are legally required to.

How can I register anonymously?

There are three steps to register to vote anonymously. You will need to:

  1. Download and complete the registering anonymously application form.
  2. Explain why your safety, or the safety of someone in your household, would be at risk if your details were on the electoral register.
  3. Submit evidence to support your registration.

You will need to return your application form, explanation and evidence, marked for the attention of:

Electoral Registration Officer
Southend-on-Sea City Council
Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue

Your application will be treated confidentially, held securely, and if we communicate with you, it will be by post at the address provided. Letters will not be addressed to you using your full name for personal security. If you would like to discuss registering anonymously further please call our Electoral Services team on 01702 215010.

Evidence to support your application

To support your application, you can submit:

  • a court document that is for your protection, or the protection of someone in your household
  • an attestation, where an authorised person to signs your application form to confirm your safety would be at risk

You only need to submit either a court document or an attestation. You do not need to submit both to support your application.

Contact Electoral Registration

Telephone: 01702 215010

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