The electoral register
Find out what the electoral register is used for and how to remove your details from the open register.
What the electoral register is
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote.
It is used for:
- electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote
- other limited reasons, listed below.
What the register is used for
We can use the register for security, law enforcement and crime prevention reasons.
- Election staff, political parties, candidates and elected officials use the register for electoral purposes.
- The Electoral Commission, boundary commissions (which set constituency boundaries for most elections) and the Office for National Statistics hold copies of the register.
- The police and the security services can use it for law enforcement.
- Courts use the electoral register is to call people for jury service.
- Government departments can buy the register from local registration officers and use it to help prevent and detect crime. They can also use it to safeguard national security by checking the background of job applicants and employees.
- Credit reference agencies can buy the register. They help other organisations to check the names and addresses of people applying for credit. They also use it to carry out identity checks when trying to prevent and detect money laundering.
It is illegal to share or use the electoral register for any other reason. The information in the register must be used in line with data protection laws.
How to view the register
You can see a copy of the electoral register under supervision at the Council or the British Library.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for electoral purposes.
Any person, company or organisation can buy a copy of the open register. For example, businesses and charities use it to confirm name and address details.
The information in the open register must be used in line with data protection laws.
How to remove your details from the open register
Your name and address will be in the open register unless you ask for us to remove them.
If you want to take your details off the open register, send us an email or letter and include your name and address.
Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Re-publication of the electoral register
The Electoral Registration Officer for Lewisham, Kim Wright, has declared that we shall republish Lewisham’s electoral register on 31 January 2020.
The purpose of this new publication is to enable changes to the polling district boundaries as a result of our 2019 review of polling districts and places.
The new version of the register will be provided to all parties, credit reference agencies and other recipients of the register, as required by law.
The relevant Acts are; Representation of the People Act 1983 (section 13/3) and Representation of the People Regulations (reg 36).