Electoral register

Electoral registers list the names and addresses of people who can vote.

Libraries no longer hold hard copies of the ‘open register’. They can now be viewed at your local registration office.

Current electoral register

  • The full register
    Lists everyone who can vote and can only be used for elections, preventing and detecting crime, and checking loans or credit applications.
  • The ‘open’ or ‘edited’ register
    This can be bought by anyone. Some people choose not to be listed in the open register.

Historical electoral registers

Libraries offer free access to historical registers on the Ancestry website. Some libraries and our record office have printed copies of the full register before 2002.

Find your library to see if we have the electoral register you want.

Our record office, The Keep, has electoral registers from 1832 to the 1990s for all areas of East Sussex except Brighton & Hove. Download the guide to electoral registers.

Find other records of electoral registration.

There are some rules about what you can copy:

  • Full register after December 2001 must not be photocopied.
  • Full register up to and including February 2001 has no restrictions.
  • Open register must not be photocopied but handwritten notes can be made.

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