The Electoral Register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in a Council area. We hold a copy for public viewing, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law.

We administer electoral registration for the area and the list is updated monthly.

Two versions of the register are kept. The Full Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. Credit reference agencies can use this version, but only to check names and addresses of those applying for credit and 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 to 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 our offices. Please note that 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 handwritten notes. Photocopying or electronic recording is not permitted by law
  • Information taken from the register must not be used for direct marketing purposes unless the information has been published in the edited version of the register

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence. The penalty is a fine of up to £5,000.

You can buy the Open Register. Please contact us using the form below if you'd like to purchase. The current prices are:

  • In paper form - £10 admin fee plus £5 per 1,000 entries in the register
  • In data form - £20 admin fee plus £1.50 per 1,000 entries in the register
Last updated 29 October 2019
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