The Electoral Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can be inspected under supervision at the Civic Centre. It is republished annually but you can apply to be added to the register and be added at any time.
By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the Electoral Register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit. A list of people and purposes is given in
- The Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Description of Electoral Registers and Amendment) Regulations 2013
The Open Register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register. This version can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose.
Even if you are excluded from the Open Register you will still be listed in the full register.
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