Electoral 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 (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The electoral register is a public document and you have to be supervised whilst you look at it for electoral purposes. Please contact the electoral services helpline on 01707 357300 to make an appointment.
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.
If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.
You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request to local electoral registration staff with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.