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Register of electors

The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (or the edited register) using information provided by the public when they register to vote.

You must be on the register of electors to vote in UK elections and referendums.

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 and 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.

Annual canvass of electors

We carry out a canvass each year of all households in Dumfries and Galloway to establish who is eligible to vote and make sure the electoral register is up to date. We've sent a form to every household in Dumfries and Galloway. You must respond to tell us if there has been a change to your household or if your household details remain the same.

You can respond in one of four ways:

  1. Visit (you'll need the two part security code from the form)
  2. Complete and sign the form before returning it in the pre-paid envelope
  3. Call 0800 197 9871 (you'll need the two part security code from the form) -  this is only if you have no changes to make
  4. Text NOCHANGE followed by both parts of your security code to 80212 - this is only if you have no changes

Complete and return the annual canvass form as soon as possible so you don't lose your voice on matters that affect you. Call 01387 260627 or email if you have any questions.

Changes to your details

You can use an online service to update your name, address or other details on the electoral register:

Update your details on the register

You can also:

Remove your details

Your name and address are included in the open register unless you ask us to remove them. You can still vote if your details are removed from the open register.

If you want to opt out of the open register please email with your full name and address.

If you're already registered then we'll continue to follow your original choice about being included on the open register until you tell us otherwise or change address.

View the register

The electoral register can be viewed under supervision at:

Page last updated: 27/11/2018
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