What information is on the electoral register?
Only the names and addresses of electors are included in the register and are compiled in address order by polling district and ward.
The Electoral Registration Officer makes and keeps 2 versions of the register - the full register and the open register. You can choose whether or not you appear on the open register when you complete your registration form.
More about the electoral registers on GOV.UK
The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down by law. The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.
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 to confirm names and addresses. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Opt in or out of the open register
Complete this short form (it takes 2 minutes) if you wish to ask us to remove you from the open register, or to put you back on. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Inspecting the electoral register
You can inspect the electoral register at the 4 libraries listed below. The table below indicates what you can inspect and where.
What you need to know when inspecting the electoral register
- Your inspection will be supervised.
- You may only make hand-written notes (photocopies and dictaphones are not allowed).
- Any information noted can only be used for direct marketing purposes if it's also in the open version of the register; you'll need to contact us to check this.
Failure to observe the above conditions may result in a fine of up to £5,000.
Buying the open register
When you buy the open register you can request to have it emailed to you, on a disk or in print.
You can pay for the register by cheque, payable to Rochdale Council, or cash, in person only, at Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU. Please contact us to make an appointment between 9am and 4.30pm.
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