Electoral registers

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

Most libraries hold the ‘open register’ and 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.

Online reference library

Two versions of the register

  • The full register is available to view at your local electoral registration office. It 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 can be bought by anyone. Some people choose not to be listed in the open register.

Family history research

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.