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The Electoral Register

The Council is responsible for preparing the Register of Electors for West Lancashire.  

The Annual voter registration canvass

Each year the Council must conduct an annual voter registration canvass.  This usually takes place between July and 1 December.

During this process we write to every household in the Borough; asking the residents to check that the information we keep on the electoral register is correct.  The resident is then obliged to respond to the form even if the information is correct.  Using the automated response service is both convenient and cost effective for the Council.  Details of how to use the service is detailed on the form.

If the information is not correct; residents can also use the automated service to tell us about the changes.

To access the online automated service please visit HEF Response (external link). Please make sure you have your form with you as you will need the security codes printed on the form

If you are unable to use the automated service you can return the completed form in the post (postage is free if you use the enclosed envelope).

We ask that you respond to the form as quickly as possible as we are required by law to send reminders to households who do not respond to the first form and if we still have not received a response we are required to personally canvass (door knock) to collect the forms.

  • The first form will be delivered around 17 July, please respond by 9 August
  • The reminder form will be delivered around 21 August, please respond by 5 September
  • For those who still have not responded the door knocking will commence 15 September


Responding to the annual voter registration form is required by law but it does not add your name to the electoral register.

Any persons who are added to the form  will also need to register online Register to vote (external link) before they are added to the register.  If an online registration is not made we will send out paper forms to invite the person to register to vote.

 For further information about the household enquiry form download Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 350KB)

The Electoral Registration Officer makes and keeps two versions of the electoral register - the full register and the open register. 

The full register

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. You can check it by calling at the council offices or at some local libraries.  

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes such as the prevention and detection of crime, and checking your identity when you have applied for credit, calling people for jury services. The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list of such persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001. 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

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. The edited register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. It leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for their names to be excluded from that version of the register.

Your privacy

If you want your name and address to be excluded from the open register please put a X in the appropriate box on the registration form.    


Visit register online (external link) to apply to register to vote. You can also:

  • change whether you’re on the open register
  • update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
  • change your voting preferences e.g. to vote in person or by post



Your West Lancashire

Information for where you live


Elections Office

Elections enquiry form


Tel: 01695 585014 or 585018

Fax: 01695 585050

Elections office
West Lancashire Borough Council
52 Derby Street
West Lancashire
L39 2DF