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The Electoral Register

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The electoral register

Versions of the electoral register

There are two versions of the electoral register:

  • The full register
  • The edited register

What is the full register?

The full register includes everyone who is entitled to vote. The law states who can have a copy of it and what it can be used for. This includes:

  • Electoral purposes
  • Prevention and the detection of crime 
  • Credit reference agencies

Who can see the full register?

It is a criminal offence for anyone who has access to the full register list to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

Credit reference agencies are allowed within the law to purchase the electoral register to verify your address should you apply for credit.

What is the edited register?

The edited register is a duplication of the full register, the difference being names and addresses of people who have opted out are not included.

Who can see the edited version?

Private companies or individuals can buy the edited register from us.

How do I opt out?

If you do not want your details to appear on the edited register you must tell us. You can do this by ticking the opt-out boxes on the registration forms.

Changing your opt-out status

Contact the electoral services if you would like more information on:

  • Full and edited register
  • Changing your opt-out status