The Electoral Registration Officer of every local authority in the UK is required by law to keep a complete and accurate register of electors.

Who can register to vote?

How can I register?

When can I register?

How do I change my name on the electoral register?

Who has my personal details?

What is the difference between the electoral register and the open register?

How do I remove my details from the open register?

How do I include my details on the open register?

Can I view the electoral register? 

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Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are a British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen or a European Union citizen resident in the UK.

To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of  "Commonwealth citizen" includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Citizens of other EU member states can vote at local government elections. They cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections and must complete a separate form to vote in European Parliamentary elections. Please note that citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta can vote at local government elections, as well as at UK Parliamentary elections and European Parliamentary elections.

You can register if you are 16 years old or over. However, you cannot vote until you are 18. 

How can I register?

Registering to vote is straightforward.

  1. Go to
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral REgistration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here:
  3. Look out for a confirmation letter from the Electoral Registration Officer to say you're registered. 

If you are unable to register online, call Electoral Services to request a registration form.

When can I register?

You can register at any time throughout the year as the electoral register is updated almost every month. Between August and October every year Household Enquiry Forms are sent to every house in Bath and North East Somerset; this process is known as the annual voter registration canvass. A revised register of electors is published at the end of the annual canvass. The current register was published on 1 December 2016.

After the publication date, the register is updated on a monthly basis. You can register online at, or you can phone Electoral Services to request a registration form. 

How can I change my name on the electoral register?

If your name has changed you need to complete a change of name form with your previous and new name and the date of the change. You will need to provide evidence to support the change of name, such as a copy of a marriage certificate or a copy of a deed poll certificate. Please contact our helpline to request a change of name form.

Who has my personal details?

Registers are managed by the Electoral Registration Officer. Using information received from the public, the Electoral Registration Officer keeps two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). 


The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.

The register is used for electoral purposes such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications. 


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 right to vote.

You can ask for them to be removed by sending an email to or by contacting our helpline.

If you are not currently listed on the open register but you wish to be included, please contact our helpline. 

Can I view the registers?

A copy of the electoral register, which lists the names and address of everyone entitled to vote, is available for public inspection under supervision in the Bath Record Office, at the Guildhall in Bath. Please check the Bath Record Office opening times before arranging your visit.

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