(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 or telephone using our contact details
- Two Versions of the Register of Electors
- The Electoral Register
- The Open Register (You cannot opt out online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 lists the names and addresses of everyone 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 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. (You cannot opt out online, please email email@example.com)