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What is the Electoral Register used for?

There are two versions of the Register of Electors: the full version and the edited version. When you fill in your form, you can choose to 'opt out' of the edited version, which anyone can buy. The law allows certain people and organisations to access the full register and says what they can use it for.

The main uses of the Register of Electors are:

  • To show who can vote in elections and referendums
  • Used by credit reference agencies, to check your name and address when you apply for credit
  • For law enforcement

Further information about the two versions of the register can be viewed at |Who can access the Register of Electors?

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