Register of Electors
The Electoral Register is a list of everyone who is registered to vote. You can only vote at elections if you are on the Electoral Register. You are not automatically registered to vote just because you pay Council Tax or are registered for any other council service.
South Kesteven District Council compiles the Register of Electors. This is a list of names and addresses of people who are registered to vote in elections. The list is updated throughout the year and is re-published on 1st December each year. Anyone whose name is not on the register cannot vote at any elections.
Who can register?
People who can register include:
- anyone who is 18 years old or more and is a British citizen, Irish or Commonwealth citizen (who are entitled to vote at any election)
- a European Union citizen (who are only entitled to vote at European Parliamentary or local elections, subject to the completion of a further form).
Electoral registration officers also ask for 16 and 17 year olds to be registered as it is possible that they will become 18 during the life of the next register. If this is the case, their names will appear on the register showing the date on which they will become 18. If an election is called on or after that date, that person will be eligible to vote.
The Electoral Registration Officer is required to make and keep two versions of the electoral register – the full register and the edited register.
The Full Register
The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.
The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list of people able to see it, and for what purposes, is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.
The Edited Register
The edited register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register, and is a version of the register that can be bought by any individual or business who wishes to purchase it, and they can use for any purpose.
You may choose to opt out of the edited register. Both the Annual Canvass forms and the Rollling Registrationforms have the facility of 'opting out' of the edited version of the register. That means that the elector's name will only appear in the full register which has the restricted access described above.
Viewing the Electoral Register
The Full version of the current register is available for public inspection. However, the Representation of the People Regulations 2006 state that this inspection must take place under supervision, and no copies may be taken either by photocopying, camera or downloading to a memory stick. However, handwritten notes may be made, but cannot be used for marketing purposes. It can be inspected at the Council Offices, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham during normal office hours Monday to Friday, and copies are also available for inspection at our 3 area offices – Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings.
Anyone wishing to make an extended search should telephone 01476 406125 to make appropriate arrangements.
Find out more about the Annual Canvass and Rolling Register.