Register to vote
What is the electoral register?
The electoral register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote.
The register is published annually and was last published on 16 October 2012. It is important that you register every year to ensure you get your vote. A canvass is normally carried out each year and you will receive a registration form to complete.
If you have not received a form or mislaid it, you should contact us directly. It is an offence not to supply the information required, or to give false information. The maximum fine is £1000.
How to view the electoral register
The full register is available for public inspection at Lancaster town hall. A member of the public can only inspect the register in person under supervision.
Banks, building societies and credit reference agencies use the full version of the electoral register to check proof of residence. If residents are not on the register they may be refused credit facilities.
The edited register can be viewed at Lancaster and Morecambe town halls, and at Lancaster and Morecambe libraries, and is available for anybody to purchase for any purpose.
What is the difference between the full and edited versions of the register?
The full register has restricted access and can only be used for specific purposes, eg electoral, law enforcement and credit references agencies.
The edited register is on general sale and can be used for any purpose.
Opting out of the edited register
Although your details do have to be included on the full register, you do not have to be included on the edited register. If you wish your name to be excluded from the edited register you must tick the box on the application form to say you wish to opt out of the edited register.