Electoral Register

(also known as the Voter's Roll, Electoral roll and Register of Electors) 

The Electoral Register is a listing of all British, Commonwealth, Irish and EU Community citizens who are eligible to register to vote at elections.  If you do not register you will not be able to vote. 

To check if you are on the Electoral Register, it is available for inspection at the First Floor Reception, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.

You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax

Two Versions of the Electoral Register

There are two versions of the Register of Electors, the 'Electoral Register' and the 'Open Register'.

The Electoral Register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of eveyone who is registered to vote in public elections.  The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote.  It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

  • detecting crime (eg fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications

The Open Register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections.  It can be bought by any person, company or organisation.  For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.  Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

How do you Register to Vote?

The new register of electors came into effect on 17 February 2014.  

To ensure that you are registered, and continue to remain so, you must provide the information. 

If you have moved address since the last annual canvass was carried out you can register at your new address using this link Register to Vote

Please remember if you are not registered you will not be able to vote. 

Even if you have informed Council Tax about your changed details they cannot alter the Electoral Register for you.  The law does not allow this to happen.  You will need to notify the Elections Office. 

Tel: 01785 619424
Fax: 01785 619119
Email: elections@staffordbc.gov.uk
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