Electoral Registers

How to check if you are already registered to vote

Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral register. To find out if you are already on the electoral register, contact us by using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

How long will it take for my name to appear on the Electoral Register?*

The Electoral Register is updated once a month but it may take longer to be registered. Please see the table of dates below:-

Electoral Register Updates
We need to have received your application byIf you are asked to provide further evidence, we need to have it byTo include you in the register that’s published on
Friday 11 December 2020Monday 21 December 2020Monday 4 January 2021
Friday 8 January 2021Monday 18 January 2021Monday 1 February 2021
Friday 5 February 2021Monday 15 February 2021Monday 1 March 2021
Wednesday 10 March 2021Thursday 18 March 2021Thursday 1 April 2021
Monday 19 April 2021Tuesday 27 April 2021Wednesday 28 April 2021 (for voting at elections scheduled for 6 May 2021)
Monday 10 May 2021Tuesday 18 May 2021Tuesday 1 June 2021
Wednesday 9 June 2021Thursday 17 June 2021Thursday 1 July 2021
Friday 9 July 2021Monday 19 July 2021Monday 2 August 2021
Tuesday 10 August 2021Wednesday 18 August 2021Wednesday 1 September 2021
Monday 22 November 2021Tuesday 30 November 2021Wednesday 1 December – Publication of revised register
* The deadline to register to vote at a particular election is 12 working days before polling day.  

How to view the electoral register

Our Reception is currently closed, please telephone 01892 602407 or email elections@wealden.gov.uk to make an appointment.

When I register to vote, will my details be passed on to marketing companies?

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

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.

You can also request that you be opted out at any time by contacting the Electoral Services Team using the contact details below. You must make it clear that you wish to opt out of the open register, and include your full name and address.