The Electoral Registration Office
Department for Corporate Support
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Electoral register and Household canvass
The register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote within the City of Plymouth.
Each person is now responsible for registering themselves to vote.
At the end of July 2016 every household in Plymouth will be sent a household enquiry form asking residents to confirm or update the electoral registration details in time for the publication of the revised electoral register on 1 December 2016.
Anyone who is no longer living at the address must be crossed through and any new residents should have their names added. We need a response from every address, even if all of the details on the form is correct.
You can confirm your details in one of the following ways:
- On the Plymouth Electoral website
- Telephone 0808 284 1425
- Text 07786 209425
- By post
Details about how to use the online and telephone services is provided on your household enquiry form.
If you have any questions about how to complete your household enquiry form, please take a look at our frequently asked questions.
Please note: The household form is not a registration form.
When we have received your household update, we will send an Invitation to Register (ITR) to anyone who needs to register. Alternatively, residents can register online on the GOV.UK website. You will need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number, so that we can verify your application is valid and genuine before they can be entered onto the electoral register.
More information is available on our how to vote page.
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 2014. The next register will be published on 1 December 2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Alternatively you can complete a declaration online at GOV.UK. The spouse of a serving member of HM Forces may also make use of these options.
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.
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.
Revised Register of Electors (published 1 Debcember 2014)
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 are held at the Plymouth Central Library.
The Plymouth Register Office holds records of births, deaths and marriages for the Plymouth area.