|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