We keep two registers: the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register 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, for example preventing and detecting crime (such as fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
If your name is not on the electoral register you will not be able to vote at any election.
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. 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 when you register to vote. You can also ask for your details to be removed at a later date. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Opt out of the open register
You can contact us to opt-out of the open register at any time:Opt Out of the Open Register
Viewing the register
By law, each local authority has to make the electoral register available for anyone to view. The electoral register is available for inspection at the Customer Service Centre, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon. Inspection will take place under supervision and there are restrictions on the use of the information obtained.
We are required to publish our verification number [PDF, 84Kb] annually.