In England, every Council is required to appoint an Electoral Registration Officer who is responsible for compiling and maintaining the register.
In this Borough Gillian Norton, Chief Executive of the Council, holds this post.
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the Electoral Register and the Open Register (also known as the Edited 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 – and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.
It is a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else.
The Register of Electors is a public document but can only be inspected inspected under supervision in the Electoral Services Office and viewing time is limited to ten minutes.
You can apply for anonymous registration if your safety would be at risk if the register of electors contained your name or address.
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.
Find out more about the Open Register.
Updated: 13 May 2016