Like all local authorities, we keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited register).
The electoral register
This lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections and is also used for calling people for jury service, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for credit. It is not sold on to anyone. Credit reference agencies may only use it to check the customer's name and address if applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law.
The open register
This is an extract of the electoral register but it is not used for elections. It may be purchased in whole or in part by any person, company or organisation. Everyone has the right to opt out of the open register and remain on the electoral register. This means you will still be able to vote and credit reference agencies can still access your entry but the details we hold will not be sold.
If you do not register at all, this may affect your ability to get credit as well as meaning you will not be able to vote and you may be fined.