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Waltham Forest Electoral Register and Open Register

Including your name on the Electoral Register entitles you to vote and it gives you a say on who represents you in your local council, the UK Parliament and Europe. It gives you a say on important issues that affect you.

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wfcwThere are two registers.
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
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
It 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 (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The open register
The open registert 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 find more information about both registers and how they may be used at

wfcwWhy should you register to vote?
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You can register to vote online with About My Vote. Not registering to vote, being registered to vote at an old address, or adding the wrong details on the electoral roll (electoral register) can mean you may be refused credit. On top of this, you might also find it difficult to:

Get insurance
+ Access legal and accountancy services
+ Open savings accounts or other investments
+ Obtain some public services, like getting a passport
+ Apply for certain jobs, particularly in the financial services sector (where your credit report is often checked as part of the application process)

You can check your credit report whenever you want with Experian CreditExpert*, to make sure that your electoral roll information is up to date.
Comment on the Electoral Register and Open Registerby
September 2015
Recent information from Waltham Forest Council in connection with registering for 2016 local elections made it clear that people on the electoral roll are in one of two categories.
There is the Electoral Register, which means that their details are used for political and some legal purposes, where necessary.
Then there is the Open Register, which means that the individual's details can be freely sold to commercial and other enterprises. In fact it seems that this is an important way in which local councils gain revenue.
Oddly, however, the Open Register is the default position. So it is assumed that every person is willing to have their details sold unless they specifically opt out and state that they do not wish this to be so. 
In this way a great many persons are placed in an undesirable position. This might apply especially to those less able to cope with bureaucratic communications, such as the elderly, special needs people, people with poor English.
In addition, there is evidence that the council have in some cases got it wrong and put people in Open category when they had specifically asked that their data not be sold. It also seems that some of the communications sent out to residents on these matters has not been checked and contains errors.
I think that this is something that needs discussing at the highest level within the Labour and Co-operative parties, both locally and nationally.
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