Opting out of, or back into, the Open Register
There are two versions of the register of electors – the electoral register and the open register.
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes set out in law, such as detecting crime (for example, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
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 does not affect your right to vote.
Opt out of the open register
You can choose to opt out of the open register at any time by making a request with your full name and address. You can do this by completing the following form:
Alternatively, you can request to change your open register status in writing or over the phone.
Opt back in to the open register
If you are already opted out and wish to opt back in to be included on the open register, please contact us during office hours. Being opted in or out of the open register has no effect on your voting rights or credit rating.
Electoral services contact details
Our opening times are:
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm