The electoral register is a list of people who are registered to vote and is maintained by the elections team.
Each person is responsible for their own registration under the new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
You should register to vote if you are:
- 16 or over (you cannot vote until your 18th birthday);
- a British or Commonwealth citizen ; or
- a citizen of the Irish Republic or of another EU state.
Citizens of EU member states cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections and must fill in a separate form to vote in the European elections.
For details on registering as a service voter or overseas elector, please go to the Electoral Commission website
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as: detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
It is a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else.
The current full electoral register is available for inspection under supervision at our four main council offices:
- Trowbridge - County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN
- Devizes - Crossmolina Buildings, Snuff Street, Devizes, SN10 1FG
- Salisbury - The Council Offices, Bourne Hill, Salisbury, SP1 3UZ
- Chippenham - Council offices, Monkton Park, SN15 1ER
Registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited 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 your local electoral registration office. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
If you would like to buy the open register or any part of it, please contact the Electoral Registration office on
0300 456 0112 who will advise you of the costs.
Under the new individual electoral registration system, you responsible for your own registration and can decide whether you want your details to appear on the open register or not. To change your option you can:
Register on the GOV.UK website
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register as an elector at any time during the year.
The dates below show when your details will appear on the electoral register. Please note this will be subject to when your application is received and successful verification under the IER process.
|Online/paper applications received by||Determination deadline||Date added to register|
|Tuesday 10 March 2015||Wednesday 18 March 2015||Wednesday 1 April 2015|
|Thursday 9 April 2015||Friday 17 April 2015||Friday 1 May 2015|
|Friday 8 May 2015||Monday 18 May 2015||Monday 1 June 2015|
|Tuesday 9 June 2015||Wednesday 17 June 2015||Wednesday 1 July 2015|
|Friday 10 July 2015||Monday 20 July 2015||Monday 3 August 2015|
|Monday 10 August 2015||Tuesday 18 August 2015||Tuesday 1 September 2015|
Please note if you wish to register because of an election in your area, you can register up to 12 days before the day of the poll.
Find out if you are already registered to vote using our electoral roll enquiry form
Please see our forthcoming elections page for current elections.
Fair processing statement
We will keep and use your personal information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds that it administers and may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds, such as HM Revenues and Customs.
The council participates in data matching exercises through the National Fraud Initiative. These exercises match the data held by the council with that of other agencies, including other local authorities and government departments to:
- prevent or detect benefit fraud or any other crime
- support national fraud initiatives
- protect public fund
Read more about the National Fraud Initiative
Last updated: 13 May 2015