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.
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 three ways:
- Visit http://registerbyinternet.com/dumgal (you'll need the two part security code from the form)
- Complete and sign the form before returning it in the pre-paid envelope
- 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
Some non-responding households will receive telephone reminders instead of the usual household visit as part of a pilot project to improve the way the canvass operates.
Changes to your details
You can use an online service to update your name, address or other details on the electoral register:
You can also:
- Call 01387 260627
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: