Close Annual canvass

We are currently carrying out the annual canvass of electors to update the electoral register. Please note that your canvass form may state that you or other people in your house are over 76. We gather this information for jury service purposes and our system defaults to this category if we do not hold a date of birth for an elector. If this information is incorrect please make the necessary amendments on the paper form and send it back to us in the envelope provided. 

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The different registers of electors - Full and Open Register

The Register of Electors contains all the names of those eligible to vote in Allerdale. If your name does not appear on the Register you cannot vote.

There are now two versions of the Register produced, the Full Register and the Open Register.

The Full Register

Lists everyone who is entitled to vote, you can check it by calling at the council offices  in Keswick, Cockermouth, Maryport, Wigton and at Allerdale House in Workington. Only certain people and organisations can have copies on the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes, such as for elections, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The law says who can have copies of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list of these people and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

The Open Register (formerly known as Edited Register)

Electors can opt out of appearing on the Open Register. The Open Register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose. To opt out of the Open Register contact us on the telephone number or email shown.

The Register of Electors is revised every August/September time and is published each year on the 1st December. This process is called our annual canvass.

The Register is also updated every month during January and September and this is called Rolling Registration.

Proof of Registration

If you require proof that your name appears on the current register of electors, just contact us  and a certificate of registration will be provided for free.