The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in a council area. The council holds a copy and anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law. Electoral registration is administered locally by the council's electoral registration office and is updated on a monthly basis.
What are the 'full' and the 'open' registers?
The electoral registration officer maintains two versions of the electoral register- the full register and the open register. The full register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check names and addresses of those applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. This register can also be used for law enforcement.
The open register is available for general sale and can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.
If you would like your details to be removed from the open register you should complete this online form.
Inspecting the electoral register
The electoral register is available for inspection at the Council Offices, Narborough.
Please note that in accordance with the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, the following rules apply to persons inspecting the electoral register:
The register is open to public inspection, under supervision
Extracts from the register may be recorded only by making hand written notes. Photocopying or electronic recording is not permitted by law
Information taken from the register must not be used for direct marketing purposes (as per section11(3) of the Data Protection Act 1998), unless the information has been published in the edited version of the register
Under these regulations anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence. The penalty is a fine of up to £5000.
How do I purchase a copy?
Only the open register is available for general sale, in whole or in part, and can be used for any purpose. Prices are calculated as follows:
In paper form - £10 admin fee plus £5 per 1000 entries in the register.
In data form - £20 admin fee plus £1.50 per 1000 entries in the register.
If you would like to buy part or all of the open register please contact us with your request.
The personal information you supply to Blaby District Council in this form will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (when in force). We may share this information with other council departments, local authorities, government departments or law enforcement organisations to improve service delivery or for the prevention or detection of crime and fraud where the law allows this. Further information on how we handle your personal information can be found on the Data Protection Notice web page.
When registering to vote and to verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here: https://www.registertovote.service.gov.uk/register-to-vote/privacy.