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Register of Electors

Electoral Services are responsible for updating and publishing the Register of Electors.

Register of Electors

The Register of Electors is a list of all the residents in Craven who are eligible to vote in elections. It is compiled each year, following a canvass by post and personal visits to houses in the District during September, October and November, and the new register is published on 1 December each year.

The register is not a static document however. At the beginning of nine months, from January to September, we update the register by adding the names of new applicants, by removing the names of electors who have died or moved away, and by altering names, for example, where electors have married.

The Full Register of Electors is a public document, but you can only inspect it as a paper copy under supervision at 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ, where you will, by appointment, only be able to make hand-written notes of its contents which, by law, you will not be allowed to use for any direct marketing purposes.

Annual Canvass 2013

Each year, the Council has to undertake a canvass of all residential properties in the District. This year canvass forms have been sent to each of the 26,900 households in the District asking them to register all eligible electors and any 16 or 17 year olds who will become 18 during the life of the next year's register of electors. All electors' details are updated during the annual canvass period.  In 2013 this will take place between October 2013 to end January 2014, with a revised register being published on 17 February 2014.

Even if you are already registered as a voter at your property you will still need to respond to the canvass form in order that your registration continues for another year. Do not assume that because you were registered last year that your name will automatically be included in the revised register.  There are four ways of returning the information - by Freephone, internet, text (SMS) or post. People can only make returns by Freephone, internet or text if there are no changes to the names listed on the form.

The law states that you must respond to the annual canvass form request each year, although whether you choose to use your right to vote or not is your choice. If you do not respond to the annual canvass form or give false information the Council may issue legal proceedings and you could be liable to a fine of up to £1,000.

Moved home?  Coming up to 18?  Not on the Register?

To register as an elector at any time outside the update period referred to above, all you have to do is fill in a pdf icon Voter Registration Form [33kb].  You have to sign your own form; someone else cannot do it for you.  If you wish to register please print off a copy of the application form, complete it and send it to the address on the form, which is The Electoral Registration Officer, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ.

When you send your completed form we will add your name to our list of new additions to the Register.  There is a period of 5 days when the new additions are publicised to give people the opportunity to object to the proposed addition of any name to the Register.  Objections rarely happen, but if one is raised, we will write to you. 

We will usually change your details on the Register within 2 to 5 weeks of receiving your form.  We will also tell the Electoral Registration Officer for your old address that you have moved, so that your name can be removed from that Register.

Election Periods - Since 2006, there are special rules about names being added to the Register of Electors during an election period.  Your name can now be added up to the 11th (working) day before polling day. Please check with the Elections' Office at our Belle Vue Square address for further information.

Two Versions of the Register

The Government has changed the law so that you have some choice about the use of your personal information, which you supply for the purposes of registering as an elector.  Under the changes, there are two versions of the Register, (1) the Full version and (2) the Edited version, which can be described as follows:

(1) Full Register - This lists everyone who is entitled to vote.  You can inspect it the Register, but you can't photocopy it.  Inspection of the Register is allowed under supervision and you can make hand-written notes when inspecting it.  You can check the Register by calling at the Council's Offices at our Belle Vue Square address. 

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the Full Register, and they can only use it for specified purposes.  These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit. 

The Representation of the People Regulations 2001 say who can have a copy of the Full Register and what they can use it for.  It is a criminal offence for the information to be passed on to anyone else for use for any other purpose.

(2) Edited Register - This leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for their information to be excluded from the Edited Register. 

You can buy a copy of the Edited Register and its contents may be used for any purpose. 

If you want to opt out of having your details appear on the Edited Register there are two options.  You can enter a '' in the Edited Register box on the voter or annual registration form or you can now request to opt out until further notice.  To do this the Electoral Registration Officer must receive a written request or email from each elector.  You can complete this word icon Edited Register Permanent Opt Out form [303kb] and return it to the Electoral Registration Officer.