The two types of electoral register
When you register to vote, your name goes on the electoral register, which is a list of people eligible to vote.
We keep two registers:
- the electoral register (full version) - a securely held list of names and addresses. The register is used for limited purposes specified in law, such as : elections, detecting crime (e.g. fraud) and checking credit applications. The register is held in Central Library, you can find opening times for public viewings on our website.
- the open register (previously known as the edited register) - a list of names and address which can be sold to anyone on request.
The gov.uk legislation website has further information on the two types of registers.