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.

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:

  • Militia House, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2HR

To make an appointment please call 01387 260627 or email

In addition the electoral register may be viewed at the following locations.

  • Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer DG9 7LD
  • Kirkcudbright Library, Daar Road Offices, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4PJ
  • Annan Library, Annan Town Hall, High Street, Annan DG12 6AQ

To make an appointment at any of these locations please call 030 33 33 3000 and select option 2.  Opening hours vary depending on the site.

Page last updated: 20/10/2022
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