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The electoral register

The electoral register is a list of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you won't be able to vote in elections, and you'll lose your opportunity to have your say about what goes on in your area.

The electoral register is kept in two forms. The electoral register and the open register.

The open register

is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can 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 would not affect your right to vote. The open register has only names and address details. We do not pass on phone number or email address details to anyone without your permission.

This register can be bought by anyone and can be used for purpose. You can choose not to have your details published on the register by "opting out" when you register to vote. If you are already registered and wish to opt-out of the open register, please contact Electoral Services using the contact details below.

The electoral register

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the electoral register, and they can only use it for a few agreed reasons. These include issues around elections, preventing and detecting crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit..

The electoral register is open to inspection, but people cannot search for your name. It is kept in address order within each of the wards. You can view the register by arrangement. Contact electoral services by e-mail to or call our helpline on 0116 288 8961.

In some situations, people require a letter confirming that they are included on the electoral register. This can be arranged on payment of a fee. Contact Electoral Services for further information.

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