Versions of the electoral register
There are two versions of the electoral register:
- The full register
- The open register (edited)
What is the full register?
The full register includes everyone who is entitled to vote. The law states who can have a copy of it and what it can be used for. This includes:
- Electoral purposes
- Prevention and the detection of crime
- Credit reference agencies
Who can see the full register?
It is a criminal offence for anyone who has access to the full register list to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose. Credit reference agencies are allowed within the law to purchase the electoral register to verify your address should you apply for credit.
What is the open register (also known as the edited register)?
The open register is a duplication of the full register, the difference being names and addresses of people who have opted out are not included.
Who can see the open version?
Private companies or individuals can buy the open register from us.