The electoral register
We produce two versions of the electoral register every year - the full version and the open (formerly called the edited register) version.
We can add or remove names from the register under the monthly rolling registration procedure. The next update will be included in the annual edition of the full register for Cornwall to be published on 1st December 2014.
Once you are registered there are a number of ways you can vote.
Full electoral register
The full electoral register lists everyone who is entitled to vote at elections. It is also used by the credit reference agencies. Add your name to the electoral register using the register to vote online link above.
Open (formerly called edited) register
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:
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.
Individual electoral registration and the open register
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.
Access to the electoral register
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 email@example.com
Electoral register and council tax
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.