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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

The Electoral Registration Officer is required by law to carry out a household canvass each year to find out who is eligible to vote at every address in Dumfries and Galloway.  This year the canvass starts w/c 21 September.

When households receive their canvass communication it is essential that residents check the details to ensure they are correct and advise us of any changes as soon as possible. Some of the forms sent will require a response even if the information we hold is correct so please follow the instructions given.

All Foreign Nationals are now eligible to vote in Local Government and Scottish Parliamentary Elections providing they have leave to remain in Scotland.

The Reformed Canvass process allows the Electoral Registration Officer some flexibility in follow up activities to non-responding households.  Whilst the requirement to make a personal canvass visit has not been removed, we will predominantly be making contact by telephone where we hold a telephone number. We are required by law to send reminder letters and make these calls so if you receive a form which indicates you need to respond even if the details are correct please do so promptly using our telephone or e-mail options to help reduce unnecessary postage costs.

If you would prefer to vote by post in future elections, please request a postal vote when responding to the form we send you.  A postal vote application form will then be sent to you and all you need to do is complete and sign it and return it to us.  You can then vote from home in future.

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 may be viewed by appointment only, and under supervision at:

  • Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AD

To make an appointment please call 01387 260627 or email

Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.


Page last updated: 13/10/2021
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