The electoral register

The electoral register (sometimes called the ‘electoral roll’) lists the names and addresses of everyone who’s registered to vote in the district. We keep and update two versions of the electoral register - the full register and the open register.

The full register

Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:

  • elections
  • preventing and detecting crime
  • checking applications for loans or credit
  • jury summoning

The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list of such persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

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

Please contact the elections team (see below) if you would like to opt out of the open register.

Any questions?

Email our elections team if you have any questions about registering to vote or call 01543 308125.

You can also write to:

Elections Team, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6YU.