The electoral register

The law changed in June 2014 to a new system called Individual Electoral Registration.

You must be on the register to be able to vote at an election. 

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Once you are registered there are a number of ways you can vote.

We produce two versions of the electoral register every year - the full register and the open register (formerly called the edited register).

The full electoral register lists everyone who is entitled to vote at elections. It is also used by the credit reference agencies.

You can register online. You will need your National Insurance number.

If you need a paper form, please ring us.

The annual register is published on 1 December each year from the electoral information you give us.

After the annual register is published, we update that register under the monthly rolling registration procedure.

Applications for registration must be received by our Electoral Services office by a cut off date each month to be included on the register on the first working day of the following month.

Last date for applicationsDate added to the register
10 August 2017 1 September 2017

(Under normal circumstances, no monthly updates are published in October or November.)

Please note: When an election is due, the deadline to apply to register is 12 working days before polling day.

The open register can be purchased by anyone and used for any purpose.

Anyone who registers to vote can choose to "opt out" so that their details are excluded from the open register.

Remove my details from the open register

(Please note: This is not anonymous registration. For more information on anonymous registration, please visit our Electoral Registration page.)

As well as registering to vote yourself, you can help us improve the accuracy of the register of electors by telling us about persons listed on your household enquiry form who used to live at your property but have now left.

You must still reply to the household enquiry form. If you don't, we won’t know if there are other changes at your address (e.g. new occupiers moved in).  

Full details of how to reply are printed on the household enquiry form. 

You can also use this facility if you have already responded to your enquiry form and wish to advise us of someone who has since moved out. 

Remove previous resident from the register

(Please note: We will usually carry out further checks before removing anyone from the register. It is a criminal offence to supply false information.)

For details of who can and who can't register, please visit our Electoral Registration page.

Further information about registering to vote can be found at www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

The full electoral register is open to public inspection but by law it can only be viewed under our supervision.

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full electoral register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The register is only available for inspection by arrangement with Electoral Services staff at our offices at St Austell.

To arrange an appointment to inspect the register, please either telephone 01209 614373 or e-mail voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

The council tax register and the electoral register are two separate registers and are completely different.

The council tax register may show the names of the owners and not necessarily the residents of the properties. For this reason, together with legal restrictions, the electoral registration officer is not permitted to take names from the council tax register and put them on the electoral register and vice versa.