Once you have registered to vote your name will be added to the electoral register. The register is a public document, mainly used as a list of voters for elections. The list is also used in other circumstances such as crime detection, for jury service and credit checks.
It is important to register:
- To exercise your democratic right to vote in any public election
- You may not be able to open a bank account, have a mobile phone contract or get credit
If you're not sure if you are already registered, you can contact electoral services to find out. Electoral registration is separate from other parts of the council. If you pay Council Tax it doesn't automatically mean you're registered to vote.
Different versions of the register
There are two versions of the electoral register, the full register, and the open register.
The full register
The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit or other purposes specified in law.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, not used for election purposes. When you go on the electoral register you automatically go on the ‘open’ register.
This version of the register can be bought by anyone who asks for it, including businesses and charities who wish to use it for marketing and commercial reasons. To buy a copy of the open register contact Electoral Services.
Opting out of the open register
You can ask to be removed from the open register, although you will remain on the full electoral register, and your right to vote is the same. If you do not want your information included in the Open Register you can do one of the following:
- Opt out of the open register online.
- Tel: 01509 634546
Viewing the electoral register
The current full electoral register and any notices of amendments, additions or deletions can be viewed at our offices on Southfields Road, Loughborough from 8.30am until 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am until 4.15pm on Friday.
Once a new register is published, the previous version is no longer available for public inspection. Registers are then not available for public inspection again until ten years after their first public inspection date has passed. Contact Electoral Services for more details about our historical registers.
Requesting a certificate
We can provide you with a certificate to confirm that you are included on the electoral register at a specific address. The certificate takes the form of a letter confirming that the person named is on the register at the stated address for the specified period.
A certificate can only be produced for the person registered at that address, not a third party. There is a fee of £10 for one year and a further £2.50 for each additional year. Please contact Electoral Services who will check the details and send out any resulting certificate.
The Open Register is a version of the Electoral Register which can be purchased by the general public. To opt out of the Open Register, please use the details below:
- Opt out of the Open Register Online
- Tel: 01509 634546
Opting out of this version of the register will not affect you right to vote. More information about the Electoral Register can be found at: https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/electoralregister.
Last updated: Wed 16th March, 2016 @ 09:02