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Opt in or out of the 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. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

Who uses the Open register?

Users of the open register include:

  • Businesses checking the identity and address details of people who apply for their services such as insurance, goods hire and property rental, as well as when they shop online
  • Charities and voluntary agencies
  • Debt collection agencies
  • Direct marketing firms
  • Landlords and letting agents
  • Local councils when identifying and contacting residents;
  • Online directory firms to help users of the websites find people, such as when reuniting friends and families;
  • Organisations tracing and identifying beneficiaries of wills, pensions and insurance policies;
  • Private sector firms to verify details of job applicants.

If you are registering to vote online you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.

You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request to local electoral registration staff with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included or omitted from the open register. You can do this using the following ways:

  • Tel: 01639 763 330
  • E-mail:
  • Write: Electoral Registration Officer, Civic Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ
  • You can also download and complete the form below and send it to us at the above address


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