The electoral register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes, such as checking credit applications, detecting crime and calling people for jury service.
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. Every person who registers to vote will be given a choice whether they wish to have their name and address included in the open register. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Register to vote online. This service will also allow you to:
- Update your name, address or other details
- Opt in or out of the open register
- Apply for a postal or proxy vote.
The electoral register will not be updated after the 1st of September until the 1st of December while we conduct the annual canvass. Anyone who applied to be on the register after the 10th of August will not be added until then. Credit Rating Agencies are aware of this and will be sent this information on the 1st of December.
The table below shows the dates you will appear on the electoral register, dependent on the day you submit your application.
Date to submit the application form by Date you will appear on the register
10th July 2017 1st August 2017
10th August 2017 1st September 2017