Electoral Register

There are two registers: 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 – and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

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. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

Around the time of elections or referendums, promotional material from campaign groups is often sent out. Official campaigns are provided with registers that detail the addresses of people who have a postal vote. The code of conduct for campaigners can be found here: