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The register of electors

The register of electors (sometimes called the 'electoral roll' or the 'electoral register') lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote.

There are two versions of the register:

The full register of electors

The full register lists everyone entitled to vote in elections. It can only be viewed on request and by appointment.

By law, the full register is only available to certain people and organisations and can only be used for specified purposes.

These include:

  • electoral purposes
  • prevention and detection of crime
  • checking identities for credit applications

It's a criminal offence for this register to be used for any other purpose. Anyone inspecting the full register may only make a handwritten copy of the extract they're inspecting.

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The open register of electors

Anyone can buy a copy of the open register, and they may use it for any purpose, including marketing. You should consider your privacy and whether you want to 'opt out' of the open register.

Find out more about viewing and purchasing copies of the Register of Electors.