Registering to vote

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register of electors. You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

It is each person's individual responsibility to ensure that they are registered to vote. The electoral register is not linked to Council Tax or any other official records.

Moved home? Coming up to 18? Just not on the register?

All you have to do is fill in a voter registration form (please see the Downloads tab). If you cannot use the online form you can fill in the voter registration form. 

We will also tell the Electoral Registration Officer for your old address that you have moved, so that your name can be removed from that register. People who live at two homes (including students) are allowed to register at both. If you do not want to be removed from your other address please explain why on your form.

Open register - two versions of the register

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral 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 make sure only eligible people can vote.  It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:-

  • detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications

The open 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. 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.  You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Your personal information

We will only use the information you give us for voter registration.  We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the law on data protection.  We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or to another organisation unless we have to by law.  If you would like to know more about data protection and how we will use your personal information, please contact us.

Anonymous registration

Where people fear for their safety, anonymous registration is now available provided very strict conditions are met, in addition to the normal legal requirements to be on the electoral register (age, nationality, residence, not disqualified). Evidence of these can be asked for.

If you require any further information please get in touch using the details on the Contacts tab.

 

Election Team

Third Floor

The Wellsprings

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1US

Telephone 01204 331248
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