Registers are managed locally by registration officers. Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited 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. 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.
The open register is published on 1 December each year.
The Registration Officer will sell a copy of any part or parts of the open register. The costs for this are:
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, such as detecting crime (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The electoral register can be viewed between the hours of 09:00 and 16:30 Monday to Friday.
You can change your opt-out preference at any time by contacting us, using the details on this page. Tell us: