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Registering to vote

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 18 electoral wards. You can view the register between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Fridays at the Council House.

In some situations, people require a letter confirming that they are included on the electoral register. This can be arranged for a fee of £5, and is available from Electoral Services.

Following a review of the Polling Districts and Polling Places for the City of Coventry, the Register of Electors will be re-published on 1 February 2017.

How do I find out if I am registered to vote? 

To find out if you are registered to vote, telephone Electoral Services or e-mail the Electoral Services Office.

You can view the full register in person at our offices. 

Electoral Services

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm (excluding bank holidays)


Tel: 024 7683 3034

Fax: 024 7683 3204

Council House
Earl Street

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