There are two registers:
- the electoral register; and
- the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The names and addresses of everyone registered to vote appears on the register. We use the register to 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
This is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. Any person, company or organisation can buy a copy of this register. It its used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address is included in the open register. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Remove your name from the Open Register
Under General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) you can request that your name and address is excluded from the Open Register on a permanent basis.
- you cannot do this on behalf of another person
- each individual must inform the Electoral Registration Officer separately that they want to do this
You can write to or email your request to the Electoral Registration Officer. Please include your name and home address.
Removing your name from the Open Register does not remove you from the Full Electoral Register used for electoral and other statutory purposes.
Your personal information
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. Personal information is held in agreement with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
We will not share information about you or other people in your household unless we have to by law.
Viewing the Electoral Register
Copies of the Electoral Register and archive is viewable in the:
Research Room, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET.
The opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm (except public holidays)
Read more about the registers, and how they are used at: www.gov.uk/electoral-register