The two types of electoral register
When you register to vote, your name is added to the electoral register; 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 (eg: fraud) and checking credit applications. The register is held in Central Library. Opening times for public viewings are listed online.
- the open register (previously known as the edited register) - a list of names and addresses that can be sold to anyone on request.
More detail about these registers is available online at gov.uk legislation