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Elections - electoral register

The Register of Electors is a list of everyone in the borough of Bexley who is registered to vote. In order to vote, your name must be included on the Register of Electors for the area where you live.

Two versions of the register

There are two versions of the register - a full version and an edited version.

The full register

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. Anyone can look at the register under the supervision of a member of staff and make handwritten notes, but they cannot make copies. You can check it by calling in to the Contact Centre at Civic Offices, Bexleyheath, between the hours of 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. If you are enquiring about more than one address an appointment can be made by phoning the Contact Centre on 020 8303 7777.

Only certain people and organisations are entitled to a copy of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit ie a mortgage, loan, opening bank accounts etc.

The law states who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for. The full list 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 edited register

The edited register excludes the names and addresses of people who have asked to be excluded from that version of the register. The edited register can be bought by anyone and they may use it for any purpose ie marketing purposes. You can choose not to be on this version of the register by indicating in the appropriate box on the registration form or by writing to us at Electoral Services.

Annual canvass

The annual canvass will take place during October 2013 - February 2014, during which time every household will receive an electoral registration form by post. This must be completed and returned immediately in the pre paid envelope supplied, in order to produce the next Register of Electors which takes effect from the 17 February 2014.

The information on the form is used to revise the register.

Contrary to popular belief, paying council tax at your current address does not mean that you are automatically put on the register of electors. The two are not connected in any way.

You are required by law to register to vote, even if you do not intend to vote. If you do not register or you give false information, you could be fined £1,000.

British citizens, citizens of the Irish Republic and Commonwealth Citizens have full voting rights. The full list of Commonwealth countries and British dependant territories can be viewed on the pages following the links on the left hand side of this page.

Rolling registration

You can still register at other times of the year by downloading and completing a rolling registration form available by following the link from the menu on the right hand side. The register is updated on a monthly basis. The Monthly Revisions document shows the first and last dates for receipt of your application and the dates on which the register will be updated.

Nationality

Citizens are now required by law to state their nationality on the registration form. A visa allowing foreign nationals to stay in the United Kingdom indefinitely is not the same as citizenship.

Jury service

The registration form also includes a question about eligibility for jury service. People over the age of 70 are not eligible for jury service. If you are over 70 please put a cross in the appropriate box.