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.

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
11 December 2017 2 January 2018
10 January 2018 1 February 2018
7 February 2018 1 March 2018
12 March 2018 3 April 2018
9 April 2018 1 May 2018
10 May 2018 1 June 2018
8 June 2018 2 July 2018
10 July 2018 1 August 2018
10 August 2018 3 September 2018

The register isn't updated in 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

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.

Email ero@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304866 if you want to take your name off the open register. 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.