Work to update the electoral register is currently taking place although we face ongoing public health challenges. Please check that the information in the correspondence you receive is accurate for your household and respond if required.
This will reduce the need for us to send reminders or canvassers to your home to confirm details.
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who’s registered to vote. There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the full version and the ‘open register’.
How to view the electoral register
To check whether you’re already on the register, please contact us. At the moment you can't inspect the electoral register in person.
Opting out of the ‘open register’
You can opt out of the open register. This is the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.
To opt out you should contact us. Opting out does not affect your right to vote.
The full version
Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:
- preventing and detecting crime
- checking applications for loans or credit
- jury summoning in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
What happens if you do not register
You must register to vote if you’re asked to do so and you meet the conditions for registering, for example, if you’re 16 or over and you’re British or an EU or Commonwealth national.
You could be fined if you have been asked to register and don't.
You will not be fined if you have a valid reason for not registering, for example, a long stay in hospital or you have severe learning difficulties.