Register of electors
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You can vote in elections only if your name appears in the register of electors.
Under election law, we produce two versions of the register:
- the electoral register: the full version is used for electoral purposes and by the credit reference agencies
- the open register (also known as the edited register): which can be sold for any purpose including marketing
When you register to vote, you can decide to be left off the open register. If you are currently on the open register and you'd like to opt out please contact us or use the remove me from the open register form.
Read more about the sale of the register of electors.
You can find out more about the difference between the 'open register' and the electoral register (external website) on legislation.gov.uk.
You can apply to be added or deleted at any time of the year as we can make daily changes to the Register of Electors which take effect on the first day of every month between December and September. You will need to ensure your application form is with us by the monthly deadline (see table on the back of the application form).
Removing names from the register of electors
We can only remove names from the register of electors when:
- the person tells us themselves
- another council tells us
- during the annual canvass (August to November), when every household is responsible for updating the register with the names of people living there
We cannot remove the names of people who lived in your house before you at any other time of the year.
Checking and viewing the register of electors
You can check to see if you are on the register of electors by phoning us. You can also view the register at our main reception desk in High Wycombe, or at either of our two area offices in Marlow and Princes Risborough. We do not publish the register anywhere else.
If you come in to view the register of electors, you can only search by address. You cannot search by name as the register is in street order within district wards. If you ring us, we can only confirm whether or not a person is registered at a particular address.