The two types of electoral register
When you register to vote, your name goes on the electoral register, which is a list of people eligible to vote.
We have to keep two registers:
the electoral register (full version) - a securely held list of names and addresses. The register is used for limited purposes specified in law, such as: elections, detecting crime (e.g. fraud) and checking credit applications. The register is a public document that is open for inspection and can be viewed under supervision at the Guildhall, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU. The Guildhall is currently closed to visitors. Please contact Electoral Services for more information on 020 8547 5026 or by email at [email protected].
the open register (previously known as the edited register) - a list of names and address which can be sold to anyone on request and can be used for mail marketing purposes. You can request that your details be excluded from this register by completing our online form, emailing [email protected] or writing to Electoral Services, Guildhall, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU.
The gov.uk legislation website has further information on the two registers.