The Electoral Register
The electoral register is a list of everybody within the city who is entitled to vote.
It has been compiled from voter registration forms that were delivered to all residential addresses in Brighton & Hove at a set time of year.
On 1 December 2014 a new Electoral Register was published. This will be used for all elections called between 1 December 2014 and 1 December 2015. It is still possible to register to vote throughout the year. You can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Individual electoral registration (IER)
In July 2014 people registered to vote in Brighton & Hove received letters confirming that they were registered to vote under Individual Electoral Registration (IER). All those that didn't automatically register were asked to provide further information.
Find out more about the changes to the way you register to vote.
There are two types of register. Why?
Using information received by the public, registration officers keep two registers, the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral 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 (eg fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it's 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.
For more details, read the leaflet "What happens to my personal details?" (PDF 750KB)
How can I opt out of the open register?