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