Register of Electors

Where to view the Electoral Register and the two versions explained. You can request to be removed from the Open Register

How to see the Register of Electors

Contact us if you want to view the Register of Electors. A supervisor must be present and you can’t take a copy.

You can view the Register of Electors at

  • Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY
  • Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ
  • Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU

Rolling Registration and the Annual Canvass

You can register to vote at any time during the year, however there are deadlines for each monthly update.  If you’re not sure whether you are on the register, or if your information needs updating, get in touch and we’ll help you.

The Electoral Registration Officer has to carry out an annual canvass. This means the ‘rolling’ system is suspended from September to November. 

The annual canvass helps us to make sure that anyone who moved during the year, and didn’t apply to be on the Register, is not missed off when the revised register is published, on December 1st.

How do I register?

You can register  online or by post. 
You’ll need your National Insurance number and date of birth.

The Two Registers 

There are two versions of the register, the electoral register and the open 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 (e.g. fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications.

The Open Register

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.

If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there could be other options available to you. In certain circumstances, you can register without your name and address showing on the register. To find out more, please contact Electoral Services on 01202 633097 or email  elections@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

You can find out more information about both registers and how they may be used at  www.gov.uk/register-to-vote