Registering to Vote / The Electoral Register

How to Register

The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote

Annual canvass

Between 28 October 2013 and March 2014 we will carry out a canvass of all the addresses in the county borough and a canvass registration form will be sent to every household in Wrexham. 

When you receive the form you should complete any changes and return it as soon as possible. Changes may include adding voters at your address or updating your details.

If there are no changes you can register by telephone or the internet using the details and security codes printed on your form. The updated register will be published on 10 March 2014.

Paying Council Tax does not mean that you will be registered to vote. You must complete the form sent out to you to ensure you are registered.

If you had not received a canvass form, have lost or misplaced your original form or have recently moved into a new address and there is no form there, please contact us and we will send a form out to you.

Why should I register?

  • The information is required by law.
  • If you are not registered, you cannot vote in elections.
  • You may find it difficult to get credit, loans, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

Can anyone register to vote?

  • You must be resident in the electoral area.
  • You must be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or citizen of a European Union country.
  • You must be 18 or over, or must attain the age of 18 during the life of the registering period.
  • You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

The Electoral Register - The Full Register and Edited Register

There are two versions of the register: the FULL version and the EDITED version. When you fill in your voter registration form, you will be able to choose whether you want your details included in the edited register.

The FULL register contains the name of everyone in the County Borough who is entitled to vote and can only be used for certain purposes such as elections, law enforcement and checking your identity when you have applied for credit. It is a criminal offence for them to pass this information on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose. The Government has introduced new arrangements for inspecting the full register to ensure that information provided can be safeguarded. It is an offence to make copies other than by hand written notes. Misuse of data from the full register could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.

The EDITED register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. The edited register can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.

If you do not want third parties, such as marketing companies, using the register to get your details then you must opt out of the Edited Register.

How to Opt Out

If you do not want third parties, such as marketing companies, using the register to get your details then you must opt out of the Edited Register.

By law, we are no longer permitted to continue pre-ticking your previous choices regarding opting out of the Edited Register on your annual electoral registration canvass form. The law states that you must make a fresh choice each year or you must inform us that you want to permanently opt out.

  • To opt out for 12 months (the life of the register), tick the appropriate box on your electoral registration canvass form, which you'll receive through the post in October;
  • To opt out permanently, or until further notice, please complete the Electoral Register Permanent Opt-out Notice form; OR
  • write to the Electoral Registration Officer stating that you wish to permanently opt out of the Edited Register as is your right under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Viewing the  full register

You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY

  • Inspection of the register will be under supervision.
  • You can take extracts from the register, but only by hand written notes.
  • Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.

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