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Electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote in Plymouth. To be able to vote in the UK, you must be on the electoral register.

The register is used at all elections and referendums to make sure only eligible people can vote. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include:

  • Elections
  • Calling people for jury service
  • Preventing and detecting crime
  • Checking your identity when applying for credit

A revised register is published each year on 1 December. You can view a printed copy of the electoral register at the Central Library under supervision. Please note you will not be able to make a copy of the register, only handwritten notes are allowed.

The electoral register or electoral roll is a record of everyone who is registered to vote in an election.

Your name must be on the electoral register if you want to vote.

You are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax , or have registered to use other council services.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you also need to update your details online.

Please have your National Insurance Number and your date of birth to hand when you register. It only takes five minutes.

Your name can take up to six weeks to show on the register of electors depending on when you register to vote:

If you applied on or before Your name will be added by
12 December 2022 3 January 2023
10 January 2023 1 February 2023
7 February 2023 1 March 2023
10 March 2023 3 April 2023
6 April 2023 2 May 2023
10 May 2023 1 June 2023
9 June 2023 3 July 2023
10 July 2023 1 August 2023
10 August 2023 1 September 2023

The register isn't updated from September to November as the annual update (the canvass) takes place then. All amendments will show in a revised register we publish on 1 December. 

The credit reference agencies receive a copy of all monthly updates and the full revised register so they can update their records.

The Government's Your Vote Matters website has more information about registering and voting.

To check if you are already registered to vote please email or call 01752 304866.

Open register

The open register (also known as the edited register) is based on the electoral register but isn't used for elections.

It can be bought by any person, company or organisation (for example, it's used by businesses and charities to check 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 doesn't mean you can't vote.

If you want to change your open register status, complete this online form. You can also choose not to be listed on the open register when you register to vote or if you respond to an annual canvass.

Securing your vote

  • we write to all electors to confirm we have added or amended their details to the register
  • we carry out regular legal reviews of any electors we have reason to believe have moved away so as to maintain an accurate register
  • we conduct reviews as necessary to query an elector’s nationality or other entitlement to be registered such as the right to remain in this country
  • we cross-check other council databases as required to determine registration
  • if an applicant's details do not match with the Department of Work and Pensions database we seek supporting evidence such as the person's passport or driving license to establish their identity before they can be added to the register
  • we seek to refresh all absent voters signature every 5 years and with all postal vote applications we gather the electors date of birth and signature and write to confirm we have processed such requests
  • we liaise with the police about any suspicious registering or voting activities
  • we handle all data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and council policies on safe handling and distribution.