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Electoral Registration

Did you know that not being registered on the electoral register could negatively affect your credit rating? 

Registering to vote

In order to register as an elector, you need to register individually by going online. If you cannot do this, an application form can be requested by contacting the Elections Unit by email to regelec@ashfield.gov.uk or by telephone on 01623 457321. The deadline to register before an election is 12 working days prior to polling day. 

The open register

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral 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, such as:

      • detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
      • calling people for jury service
      • checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. The law allows for it to 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. You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

How can I opt out of the open register?

If you have received an individual registration form by post, when completing this form if you do not want your details to be included in the open registered, tick the box in ‘The open register’ section. If you are already currently registered in the open register and you wish to opt out you can submit your request by completing the form on the link below. We will process your request within 28 working days and you will receive confirmation in writing from us. Click here to opt out

Postal voting

If you would like to vote by post at elections, you will need to complete a postal vote application form.

Once you have completed your postal vote application form please return to; The Elections Unit, Ashfield District Council, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 8DA or alternatively you can scan and email the completed document to regelec@ashfield.gov.uk. Please note that we are unable to accept electronic signatures, it must be a clear image of your wet signature.  

The deadline to register for a postal vote for an Election is at 5pm 11 working days prior to polling day.

Click here to watch a video about how to complete your Postal Vote

Boundary review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has carried out a review of the Ashfield District Council area which came in to effect in 2015.

Select for the ward maps 


Polling Stations are be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm. Remember - you have to be on the electoral register to be able to vote (see previous section). Poll cards will be sent out in the weeks leading up to an election. Please check on the poll card the location of your polling station as this may have changed.

Election expenses

If you wish to view election expenses that are still available for inspection, please contact the Elections unit.


Recognising and Reporting Electoral Fraud


For information about recognising and reporting electoral fraud please visit the Your Vote Matters website



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