The voters register (or electoral register) lists the name and address of everyone who has registered to vote. By law, your local authority has to make the register available for anyone to look at. The register is held at the local electoral registration office (or council office in England and Wales) and some public buildings, such as libraries.
There are two versions of the register: the full version and the edited version .
The Elector Registration Application Form is available to download from Attachments, below. When you fill in the form you will be able to chose whether you want your details included in the edited register.
Two versions of the register
The full register has the name and addresses of everyone registered to vote and is updated every month. Anyone can look at it, but copies can only be supplied for certain purposes, such as elections and law enforcement. Credit reference agencies are also allowed to use the full register, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit, and to help stop 'money laundering'. Anyone who has a copy of the register will be committing a criminal offence if they unlawfully pass on information from it. You do not have a choice about your name and address being on this register.
The edited register will be available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. You can choose not to be on it. It will be kept separate from the full register and updated every month. The edited register can be bought by any person, company or organisation and could be used for different purposes such as checking your identity and commercial activities such as marketing.
If you tick the box on the voter registration form, your name and address will only appear on the full registration, which will only be used for certain lawful purposes, such as elections, law enforcement and checking applications for credit.
If you do not tick the box on the voter registration form, your name will also appear on the edited version of the register, which anyone can buy. This means anyone can use your details for any purpose.
The person who fills in and signs the registration form must ask each person named on the form if they want their details to be included on the edited register and so available for anyone to buy.
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN and DATE your APPLICATION FORM and then POST OR FAX IT TO US (contact details are on the bottom of the form).