The electoral services team organises elections, including the administration of European, county council and parliamentary elections, as well as district and parish elections.
All this must be done inside the legislative framework and timetable set by government. It means organising polling stations, polling staff, the count venue, count staff, all postal votes and publicity of elections.
The electoral services team is also responsible for compiling the electoral register and making sure people are entitled to register to vote.
You can contact the electoral services team by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01730 234350.
The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law.
The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement and Audit Commission data matching for the prevention of fraud. An example of data sharing is the review of Council Tax Single Persons Discounts which may involve the comparison of data held in Council Tax with the Electoral Register.
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. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. You can remove your details at any time by contacting the electoral registration office.