There are two versions of the electoral 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:
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.
The open register is a duplication of the full register, the difference being names and addresses of people who have opted out are not included.
Private companies or individuals can buy the open register from us.
If you do not want your details to appear on the open register you must tell us.
You can do this by ticking the opt-out boxes on the registration form.
Alternatively you can fill in the Open Register Opt Out Form and return it to Electoral Services, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG.
If you would like to find out more information you can call the Elections team on 01206 282820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full version of the Register is available for public inspection (under supervision).
If you wish to check the register or electors, please call 01206 282820 or, if you wish to arrange an appointment, call 01206 282242.
You can buy a copy of the open version by contacting the Elections team on 01206 282820 or email@example.com