The Electoral Register is the list of everyone in the borough who is registered to vote. You can only vote if your name is on the register. The register, also called the electoral roll, is published in two versions.
The two versions of the Register
The Government changed the law on 1 December 2002 so that you now have some choice about the use of your personal information. Under these changes, there are two versions of the register - a full version and an edited version. When you fill in your registration form, you will be able to choose whether you want your details included in the edited version.
- Full register
This lists everyone entitled to vote. It can be checked, under supervision, in the main reception at the Civic Centre. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking the identity of people who have applied for credit. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or use it for any other purpose.
- Edited register
This leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked to be excluded from it. It can be bought by anyone and used for any purpose. For example, direct mailing companies may use it to send you information about goods and services. You can choose not to appear on the edited register by marking the relevant box on the registration form.
Keeping the register up-to-date
- Annual canvass
Every year, by law, we prepare a new and accurate register of electors. The only way we can get correct, up-to-date information is by sending out a registration form to every household in the borough.
- Rolling registration
The electoral register is updated monthly between January and September this is known as rolling registration