The electoral registers
Using information received from the public, electoral registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (previously 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 and referenda. 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 (eg. fraud)
- calling people for jury service; and
- checking credit applications
The electoral register contains the name, address and elector number of the elector; it does not contain any personal information such as your telephone number and/or email address.
Political parties are entitled to a copy of the electoral register for electoral purposes such as canvassing potential voters and sending leaflets before an election.
The electoral register is a public document which is open to inspection, but it can only be inspected by appointment and under supervision at the Council’s offices, and only hand written notes can be taken.