Registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register.
The electoral register (often referred to as the electoral roll) is compiled from information received from the public and lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
In addition to ensuring only eligible people can vote, the electoral register is also used for limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- calling people for jury service
- preventing and detecting crime
- checking applications for loans or credit
The full electoral register is open to public inspection but by law it can only be viewed under the supervision of Electoral Services.
The open register (also known as the edited register) is an extract of the electoral register but it is not used for elections.
The open register can be purchased by any individual, company or organisation. It might be used by a charity or a business, for example, to confirm name and address details.
Your name and address details will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Opting out does not affect your right to vote.
A copy of the open register is freely available for inspection at the Town Hall.
Further information about the two registers may be found here.
If you feel adding your name to the electoral register would have serious safety implications for you and other members of your household, you can apply for anonymous registration. Please contact Electoral Services for more details.