The electoral register - closed

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 only – such as making sure only eligible voters can vote – and for other limited purposes specified by law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data protection legislation.

The electoral register is available for public inspection under supervision and by appointment only at the Electoral Services Office, Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1AQ between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm on normal working days.

Who uses the electoral register?

The electoral register is used in the following ways:

  • election staff, political parties, candidates and holders of elected office use the register for electoral purposes
  • your local council and the British Library hold copies that anyone may look at under supervision - a copy is held by the Electoral Commission, the Boundary Commissions (which set constituency boundaries for most elections) and the Office for National Statistics
  • the council can use the register for duties relating to security, enforcing the law and preventing crime - the police and security services can also use it for law enforcement
  • the register is used when calling people for jury service
  • government departments may buy the register from the 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 applications 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 a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else.

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