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 in February 2014. 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 £1,000.
How to view the electoral register
The electoral 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.
What is the difference between the full version of the electoral register and the open register?
Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:
- Preventing and detecting crime
- Checking applications for loans or credit
The open register is the version of the register that is available to anyone who wants to buy a copy, including businesses and organisations.
Opting out of the open register
Although your details do have to be included on the full register, you can opt out of the open register.
If you are already registered to vote but want your name to be excluded from the open register please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
Opting out does not affect your right to vote.
You can find out more about the difference between the ‘open register’ and the electoral register on legislation.gov.uk.