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 17 February 2014 a new Electoral Register was published. This will be used for all elections called between 17 February 2014 and 1 December 2014. It is still possible to register to vote throughout the year.

Individual electoral registration (IER)

In July 2014 people registered to vote in Brighton & Hove will be receiving letters. The letter will confirm that they are either:

  • registered under Individual Electoral Registration (IER), or
  • need to provide some more information to Electoral Services

Those who have been registered under IER will have received a letter confirming this, which will also state whether or not their name appears on the open register.

Find out more about the changes to the way you register to vote.

Am I opted out of the open register?

Check the third paragraph of your confirmation letter, this will tell you whether you are opted out of the open register. If you were previously opted out of the edited register, then this choice has been carried forward and you will now be opted out of the open register.

Unless you wish to contact us to change your opt-out choice, you will not need to do anything else.

How can I opt out of the open register?

Phone the number given on your letter to use the automated opt out service.  Or, contact Electoral Services in writing. Please include your full name and address. You can email a request to or write to Electoral Services using the contact address on your letter.

If you don't receive a letter

If you think you should have received a letter and haven't, please email

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)