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Elections & Voting

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Have you recently received a letter from us, dated 15th January, regarding who is registered to vote in

your property?


If so, please visit| to confirm or update the details for your household.

If you wish to register as a new elector please visit|


Please Note that, in order to register to vote under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, which came into effect on June 10th 2014, you will need to provide your Date of Birth and National Insurance number. Once you have completed the online registration, it will be sent to the Electoral Services who will inform you whether or not your application has been successful. Therefore, please note that filing out this application does not automatically include you on the Register of Electors.


If you are a student at Bournemouth University or Arts University Bournemouth, you can register to vote via our Student Registration Form|


The Register of Electors

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.   


Open Register

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|.


There are two registers. Why?

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? 

  • Election staff, political parties, candidates and holders of elected office use the register for electoral purposes.
  •  Your local council and the British Library hold copies that anyone may look at under supervision. A copy is also held by the EC, the Boundary Commissions (which set constituency boundaries for most elections) and the Office for National Statistics.
  •  The council can use the register for duties relating to security, enforcing the law and preventing crime. The police and the security services can also use it for law enforcement.
  •  The register is used when calling people for jury service.
  •  Government departments may buy the register from local registration officers and use it to help prevent and detect crime. They can also use it to safeguard national security by checking the background of job applicants and employees.
  •  Credit reference agencies can buy the register. They help other organisations to check the names and addresses of people applying for credit. They also use it to carry out identity checks when trying to prevent and detect money laundering.

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:

  •  Businesses checking the identity and address details of people who apply for their services such as insurance, goods hire and property rental, as well as when they shop online;
  •  Businesses selling age-restricted foods or services, such as alcohol and gambling online, to meet the rules on verifying the age of their customers;
  •  Charities and voluntary agencies, for example to help maintain contact information for those who have chosen to donate bone marrow and to help people separated by adoption to find each other;
  •  Charities, to help with fundraising and contacting people who have made donations;
  •  Debt collection agencies when tracing people who have changed address without telling their creditors;
  •  Direct marketing firms when maintaining their mailing lists;
  •  Landlords and letting agents when checking the identity of potential tenants;
  •  Local councils when identifying and contacting residents;
  •  Online directory firms to help users of the websites find people, such as when reuniting friends and families;
  •  Organisations tracing and identifying beneficiaries of wills, pensions and insurance policies;
  •  Private sector firms to verify details of job applicants.

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|.


Check that you are registered to vote

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| 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:|


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Related Information
# Elections, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset
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