Electoral Register

Opting in or out

We keep two registers:

  • the electoral register
  • 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. This register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only people who are eligible can vote. It is also used for other limited legally specified activities, such as:

  • detecting crime (like 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.

To opt out of the open register email elecreg@hambleton.gov.uk stating your name, address and you would like to opt out of the open register.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used here:

The Electoral Register and The Open Register

Your personal information 

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and 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.

Further information

For more information contact Electoral Services on 01609 779977 or elecreg@hambleton.gov.uk

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