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The electoral register

Register to vote online

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

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

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

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

You can add your name to the electoral register the register to vote online link at the top of this page. You will need your National Insurance number.

You can add your name to the electoral register the register to vote online link at the top of this page. You will need your National Insurance number.

If you need a paper form, you will need to ring us.

Under the monthly rolling registration procedure, applications for registration must be received by our electoral services office by a cut off date each month. Applications received on or before the cut off date will be included on the register on the first working day of the following month.

Rolling registration dates for the 2014/2015 register are as follows:

Last date for applications   

Date added to the register    

11 December 2014

2 January 2015

9 January 2015

2 February 2015

6 February 2015

2 March 2015

10 March 2015

1 April 2015

9 April 2015

1 May 2015

8 May 2015

1 June 2015

9 June 2015

1 July 2015

10 July 2015

3 August 2015

10 August 2015

1 September 2015

The open register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose including marketing.

You may opt out of the open register by ticking the relevant box on the electoral register application form. If you wish to opt out permanently, please use the following link:

Remove details from the open register

Even if you are excluded from the open register, you will still be listed in the full electoral register which is used for elections and by the credit reference agencies.

  • British citizens, citizens of the Commonwealth, British dependent territories and the Irish Republic
  • Those living in your household who are 16 and 17 years old (They can vote as soon as they are 18).
  • Those who normally live in your household but are away for the time being.  Those on holiday, students in the United Kingdom or in hospital (including voluntary patients in psychiatric hospitals).
  • Anyone who is away working (Unless they are away for more than six months.)
  • Any other residents, lodgers or guests (Short-stay visitors cannot register to vote.  It doesn’t matter whether they are staying at a private address, a hostel or a club.)
  • Citizens of member states of the European Union will be initially be registered to vote at local government elections only.  However, if you are a European Union citizen (and not a British or Irish), you must fill in a separate application to vote in European parliamentary elections.
  • Foreign nationals, except for citizens of member states of the European Union
  • People under 16.

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

If your details have been automatically transferred to the electoral register as part of the individual electoral registration process, you will be contacted to tell you whether your contact details are currently included on the open register.

This information is based on your response from the annual canvass form which was sent in 2013. On advice from central government and the Electoral Commission, in some cases, we were not able to transfer your choice to opt out based on previous preference.

If you previously confirmed your information on the annual canvass form was correct via SMS text message, you may need to opt out again, which you can do using the link above.

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.

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.

Electoral Services

Cornwall Council
St Austell One Stop Shop
39 Penwinnick Road
St Austell
Cornwall
PL25 5DR

0300 123 1115

Fax: 01209 614099