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The Register of Electors is a list of all those residents in the Borough who are eligible to vote in various elections. It also contains a list of overseas voters whose last registration to vote was at an address within Bournemouth, Service personnel who have registered under a service declaration and can include the names of homeless persons if they can claim some local connection. If you are not on the Register of Electors, you cannot vote.
If you have received a letter about automatically being re-registered and wish to change your open register preference this can be done via our Open Register form|.
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep 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-and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.
Who uses the electoral register?
It is a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else.
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. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data protection legislation.
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 would not affect your right to vote.
Who uses the open register?
Users of the open register include:
If you are currently on the Open Register and wish to be removed, please notify the Electoral Services by competing an online form|. If your name has recently changed, you can update your current details on the Electoral Register by filling out a Change of Name| form. Please Note: You will need documentary evidence to support your application.
The Register of Electors is revised during the autumn and is published each year on the 1 December after we have completed our annual canvass of all households within the Borough of Bournemouth. It is also updated once a month, on the first working day of each month, under a Rolling Registration scheme|.
To check whether your name is included on the Register of Electors you can inspect the Register at the Town Hall, some Town Libraries or, alternatively, contact Electoral Services. The right of everyone who is eligible to vote is a fundamental democratic right. If any of your details have changed from that printed on the register and you have not already informed us of this then please contact Electoral Services to have the register corrected.
Please take a look at the award winning website www.promotethevote.co.uk| which aims to raise awareness by supporting and encouraging people with learning disabilities to have a better understanding of the voting process, to become active citizens and to register to vote.
If you require any further information on Elections or Electoral registration then contact the Electoral Services Office helpline on 01202 451123 or via email|.
More information is available at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk|
Number of signatures required on a petition for a referendum on whether the Borough should change its governance arrangements.|
DORSET ELECTION CODE OF PRACTICE (DECP)|
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