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The Electoral Registration Office

Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 304866/304936
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Your vote matters - make sure you vote

Electoral register and Household canvass

The register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote within the City of Plymouth.

The two types of register

The electoral register

This lists everyone who is entitled to vote and you can view it at the Plymouth Central Library.

The register is used at all local and national elections, and referendums. It is, therefore, important that all eligible persons are included in it otherwise they will not be able to vote at any type of election or referendum. The definition of eligible includes:

  • anyone who is living at an address in the area administered by Plymouth City Council and is aged 18 years or over or will become 18 before the date on which the register expires
  • a British or other Commonwealth or Irish citizen
  • a citizen of another Member State of the European Union

The annual register was published on 1 December 2015. The next register will be published on 1 December 2016.

There are two types of register each year - the electoral register and the open register.

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The open register

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. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. 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 voting rights.

Please note that the Electoral Registration Service only deals with electoral matters. Any matter concerning credit must be taken up with the appropriate credit reference agency.

To opt out of the open register please contact the Electoral Office on 01752 304866 or email

Further information and documents

Service personnel and spouse

Members of HM forces have the option of completing a civilian style registration form or of completing a service declaration.

All service declarations are now valid for a duration of five years. If you wish to complete a service declaration you should contact the electoral registration office.

Living abroad

If you are a British Citizen and you intend to move abroad to live or work, you may a still be able to register to vote at Parliamentary Elections.

Your right to vote in the United Kingdom can last up to 15 years after you were last registered in the United Kingdom. At the time of an election you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

Further details can be obtained from the Electoral Registration Services Team or you can download a form from the Electoral Commission and return it to the Electoral Registration Service.

Statutory notices

Revised Register of Electors (published 1 December 2015)

Notice is hereby given that the full revised Register of Electors is available for inspection at The Central Library in Plymouth and Local Libraries will hold the register for their immediate area.

If you believe that your name should appear in this register or you have moved address since you completed your annual voter registration form, please telephone the Electoral Registration Service on 01752 304866.

Extracts from the register may only be recorded by making hand written notes. Photocopying or electronic recording are not permitted by law. Any information taken from the register may not be used for commercial purposes. Anyone who does will be committing a criminal offence. The penalty is a fine of up to level 5 (Currently £5,000).

Due to legislation the Electoral Register can not be published on the internet.

The registers are not compiled in name order. Each register is broken down into polling areas, with names listed by alphabetical street order.

There is no surname search available.

Old registers

Old registers are held at the Plymouth Central Library.

The Plymouth Register Office holds records of births, deaths and marriages for the Plymouth area.