The electoral register (which is also known as the register of electors, the electoral roll and the voters' roll) is a list of those entitled to vote at elections.

The law requires the Electoral Registration Officer to publish two versions of the register:

  • the full electoral register, which lists the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote
  • the open (formerly known as the edited register) which omits the names and addresses of those electors who have requested on their applications to register that their names be excluded from this version. The law requires that the open/edited register must be made available for purchase by anyone for a statutory fee. Such recipients are then permitted to use the information for whatever purposes they choose

A fully revised version of the electoral register is published by 1 December each year. This revision takes account of all changes notified during the annual registration canvass that takes place each autumn.

Those applying for registration under the 'rolling registration' process (between December and August each year) will be included on the notice of alteration to the register which is published on the 1st of the month following approval of their application.

The electoral register is available for public inspection under supervision at the Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm on normal working days.

If you wish to withhold your details from the open register or have your details reinstated in it, please contact (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday):

To withhold your details from the open register or to register visit GOV.UK - Register to vote.

To permanently 'opt out' of having your personal information used for direct marketing purposes, complete the form, write to the Electoral Registration Officer or email elections.office@bexley.gov.uk stating that you wish to permanently opt out of the open register.

Currently the voter registration forms we send out gives you the choice of opting out of the open register - the one available to anyone, by ticking a box on the form.

The open register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation and used for commercial activities such as marketing.

Under Section 11 of the Data protection Act 1998, you can now give the Electoral Services Officer notice that you do not want your personal information to be used for direct marketing either permanently or until further notice.

You cannot do this on behalf of another person. Each individual who is registered to vote at a property must complete a form, sign a letter or email the Electoral Services team separately that they want to do this.

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.

Service voters

Members of the armed forces and their partners may register as service voters but must register annually online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or they can now register as ordinary electors.

Crown servants

Crown servants working abroad and their partners may register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Overseas electors

British Citizens living abroad may register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. They can remain registered for up to 15 years after they last appeared on the register of electors in the United Kingdom.

Citizens of the European Union Member States may vote at local and European elections.

Anonymous registration

Certain people can now apply to be entered anonymously on the register of electors. Although the register of electors is in alphabetical street order and not name order, there are some people who feel that being on the register of electors could affect their safety. e.g. people escaping from domestic violence or those where their occupation would mean they must keep their identity private.

If you feel that you are at risk by your name appearing on the register of electors you can apply to be entered anonymously and if your application is accepted your name and address will not be shown. Any person living with you can also apply to vote in this way.

You will need to complete a form giving the reason for needing to be registered anonymously. You are required by law to provide documentary evidence in the form of a court order or injunction. If you do not have either of these you are required by law for your application to be supported by one of the following people:

  • a Police Officer of, or above the rank of, Superintendent
  • the Director General of the Security Services or the Serious Organised Crime Agency; or
  • a Director of Adult Social Services/Children Services

The qualifying officer does not have to be based in the same area as you, but the supporting documentation cannot be signed by a more junior person within their organisation.

To apply to register anonymously:

Check your ward and constituency in this list of Bexley streets.

Look up your road name and house number in the Full street Index (PDF, 292KB). You can identify your Ward by referring to the abbreviation after your post code and the following list:

Old Bexley & Sidcup Constituency
Ward Abbreviation
Blackfen & Lamorbey BL
Blendon & Penhill BP
Cray Meadows CM
East Wickham EW
Falconwood & Welling FW
Longlands LL
Sidcup SP
St Mary's ST
Bexleyheath & Crayford Constituency
Ward Abbreviation
Barnehurst BH
Brampton BR
Christchurch CC
Colyers CL
Crayford CY
Danson Park DP
North End NE
St Michael's SM
Erith & Thamesmead Constituency
Ward

Abbreviation

Belvedere BV
Erith ER
Lesnes Abbey LA
Northumberland Heath NH
Thamesmead East TE

The street index may also be downloaded for individual Wards below. 

The ward maps are produced for guidance/indicative purposes only and no warranty is given as to their accuracy. For definitive information please refer to Electoral Services.

These maps are reproduced from Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of her Majesty's Stationery Office
© Crown copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings.