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The Electoral Register

Registers are managed locally by registration officers. Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

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. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. You can ask for them to be removed by contacting your local council's electoral registration staff. You can find their details by entering your postcode at

How do I join or get removed from the open register?

If you are registering online at 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 in or omitted from the open register.

Letters have been sent to many electors in Cardiff, confirming they have been automatically re-registered under Individual Electoral Registration (IER).


These letters also confirm whether your details are on the open register, which can be purchased for marketing purposes.


If your letter states that your details are not on the open register, you do not need to contact us.


If your details are on the open register and you would like them removed, please contact us online providing your name and address.  Requests will be completed within 5 working days.


If you are already registered to vote in Cardiff, please do not use the online registration service to be removed from the open register.