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The Electoral Registration Office
Department for Corporate Support
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 304866/304936
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01752 304819


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Electoral register

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

The electoral register

This lists everyone who is entitled to vote and you can view it at the Plymouth Central Library. 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 law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list of such persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

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.

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

If you need to register to vote see our register to vote page.

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

Service personel and spouse

From 15 February 2001 Members of HM forces have had 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.

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 regisitered 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 17 February 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 recoreded 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 commintting 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

The Electoral Registration Service does not provide an archive service to old registers. Old registers are held at the Plymouth Library Service. You would be well advised to contact the Library Service to enquire as to availability.

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