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 making 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.
Your personal information
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and in accordance with the requirements of the we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.
Viewing the Electoral Register
The Electoral Register and archive copies can be viewed in the:
Research Room, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET.
The opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm (except public holidays)
You can get more information about both registers, and how they may be used at: www.gov.uk/electoral-register
The Town Hall
Office hours are 8.45am to 5.15pm.