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Electoral Register

The Register of Electors is a list of the names and addresses of everyone eligible to vote in elections. You can only vote if your name is on the Register.

Paying council tax doesn't automatically add you to the Register. Telling the council tax department or one of our other council departments that you have moved won't change your address on the Register either. Registering to vote is a different process.

Register to vote

There are two different versions of the Register, the Open Register and the Electoral Register (also referred to as the 'Full Register'). 

The Open Register 

This is an edited version of the Register and can be sold to anyone on request. It used to be known as the 'Edited Register'.

The Electoral Register (or 'Full Register')

This is a list of the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote in elections. The Full Register is used mainly for electoral purposes (such as making sure only eligible people can vote) and also for limited purposes set out in law, such as calling people for jury duty and detecting fraud. 

It's a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else. 

Who uses the Full Register and the Open Register

Opting out of the Open Register 

When you register to vote, we legally have to automatically include you in the Open Register unless you tick the box on your form asking us not to do this. This will also happen if you move house and re-register, even if you weren't on the Open Register at your previous address. 

If you're currently on the Open Register and would like to change this, please contact us by telephone, letter or by email at optout@southlakeland.gov.uk You don't need to give a reason for your decision, but we'll need your name, address and contact details to make the change. If you'd like to be added to the Open Register, please contact us in the same way. 

Being removed from the Open Register doesn't affect your right to vote. 

You can only make register changes for yourself. If anyone else in your household would like to be added to or removed from the Open Register, they must contact us separately. This is because electoral registration is an individual process and we will need their permission to make any changes. 

Anonymous registration 

If your safety, of the safety of someone you live with, could be put at risk if your details were to appear on the Electoral Register, you may be able to register as an anonymous elector. 

This isn't the same as being removed from the Open Register. Anonymous electors are given a reference number so that their names and address don't appear on either versions of the Register. You can't register anonymously online and there is a different registration form for anonymous electors, so please contact us if you would like more information. 

Viewing the Electoral Register 

The Open Register is available for anyone, including individual people, to buy. The fees are set in legislation, please contact Electoral Services if you want a quotation. 

The Full Register can be viewed by anyone at South Lakeland House, under supervision. You can take notes, but you can't take photocopies or photographs of any of the pages. South Lakeland House is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and you don't need to make an appointment to look at the Register. 

The Electoral Register isn't available online and you can't look at previous versions of the Register at South Lakeland House. Some old registers however can be viewed at the British Library for research purposes only. 

Our privacy policy

When we publish the Register 

The Register is compiled during the annual canvass, which is run every year from August until November. The Register is then published by the Electoral Registration Officer on 1 December and is in force until 30 November the following year. 

Notice of Publication for the 2017 to 2018 Register (PDF/31KB/1 page) 

You don't need to wait to register to vote until the annual canvass, you can register at any time of the year. There is a process called rolling registration that allows us to publish an updated Register on the first working day of each month, with the exception of October and November. 

We'll add the rolling registration deadlines for 2019 to this page once the Register of Electors has been published on 1 December 2018.

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Provide any information we

have asked for by:

 To be on the Register published:
Thursday 22 November Friday 30 November Saturday 1 December

Notice of Verification Number for petitions

Each year we must publish the Figure for Petitions. This is the minimum number of signatures that would be required for any petition asking for a referendum about a different form of governance, for example, changing to a mayoral system. The figure for petitions is 5% of the electorate.

Notice of Verification Number for Petitions 2018 (PDF/37.3KB/1 page)