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:-
|We need to have received your application by||If you are asked to provide further evidence, we need to have it by||To include you in the register that’s published on|
|Tuesday 11 December 2018||Wednesday 19 December 2018||Wednesday 2 January 2019|
|Thursday 10 January 2019||Friday 18 January 2019||Friday 1 February 2019|
|Thursday 7 February 2019||Friday 15 February 2019||Friday 1 March 2019|
|Friday 8 March 2019||Monday 18 March 2019||Monday 1 April 2019|
|Tuesday 9 April 2019||Wednesday 17 April 2019||Wednesday 1 May 2019|
|Friday 10 May 2019||Monday 20 May 2019||Monday 3 June 2019|
|Friday 7 June 2019||Monday 17 June 2019||Monday 1 July 2019|
|Wednesday 10 July 2019||Thursday 18 July 2019||Thursday 1 August 2019|
|Friday 9 August 2019||Monday 19 August 2019||Monday 2 September 2019|
|* The deadline to register to vote at a particular election is 12 working days before polling day.|
How to view the electoral register
The electoral register is available for public inspection under supervision at Wealden Council offices, between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm on normal working days. Please book an appointment to view the register using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
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.