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Registering to vote

The electoral register

There are two registers: the electoral register and the open 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 – and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

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. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

Around the time of elections or referendums, promotional material from campaign groups is often sent out. Official campaigns are provided with registers that detail the addresses of people who have a postal vote. Read the code of conduct for campaigners (PDF).

Can I view the electoral register?

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.

How do I prove I am on the electoral register?

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.

Payment should be made online. Once you have paid online, please send an email to titled Certificate of Residency giving the name and address of the property.

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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