The two versions of the Voters List - 'opting out' explained
More information about opting out
The electoral registration officer now makes and keeps two versions of the Voters List - a full version and an edited version.
The full Voters List
The full version lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it , but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law.
The main use od the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.
The Edited Voters List.
The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. The edited register can be brought by any person, company or organisation and be used for commercial activities such as marketing.
Ususall, the preprinted details on your canvass form would show if you are opted-out or not. This us not shown this year becasue the electoral registration officers have nee given legal advice that residents should make a fresh choice each year.
If you do not want your name and address sold you must "opt-out" of (or be "excluded from) the edited register. Simply tick the opt-out column or form. Or you can opt-out when you register by phone or internet.
More information is available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Inspecting the register
Members of the public are entitled to inspect the full Register of Electors, under supervision only, at Hammersmith town hall. For more information about the rules regarding inspection of the full register please refer to the attached document, Public Inspection of the Full Register of Electors(pdf, 110KB).
Page last updated: 25/09/2013