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Full and Edited Register
There are two versions of the register:
- the full register; and
- the edited register.
The full register
The full register includes the names of all those registered to
vote in a local area and is used for electoral and
other limited statutory purposes only, including credit
referencing. It is supplied, free of charge to a variety of people
including MP's, MEP's, Councillors, election candidates, local
constituency officers of political parties, Nation HQ's of
political parties and the Jury Summonsing Officer. These
organisations and individuals receive it for limited purposes or
face a fine of up to £5000 if they contravene the law.
The edited register
The edited register can be sold to anyone for any purpose and
includes the names of all those who have not opted out of having
their details included on it. You can choose to remove your
details from the publicly available, edited register by ticking
the section on the registration form headed "Edited
Register". If you choose to opt out of the edited register
this will only be in force for the duration of the register so you
will have to make sure you tick this section on registration form
every year remain off the edited register.
Minimising junk mail
The council cannot guarantee that this will stop all junk mail,
however, as direct marketing companies build their databases from
various sources and do not rely on the edited register alone.
You can register with the Mail Preference Service to minimise
Mail Preference Service (MP's)
70 Margaret Street
Phone: 0845 703 4599.
There is a provision in law that enables people to register
anonymously in certain circumstances. The council can send you
further information and an application form if you have a safe
correspondence address. Alternatively, you can come to the address
below and ask to see someone in the Electoral Services Team.
Inspecting the full register
By law, the register is to be made available for anyone to look
at. The register is available for inspection at:
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Kent ME2 4AU
Tel: 01634 332714
Census information cannot be used to collate information for the
You can only vote at elections if your name is listed in the
Electoral Register. You have a democratic right to vote for your
MEP, MP, Medway councillors and parish
councillors and your vote can make a difference to the final
outcome of an election.
You cannot obtain a student grant if you are not on the register
and it is much harder to obtain credit.
If you are 70 or older, you will not be called for jury service,
which is why your date of birth must be included in the form. This
information if for the jury summonsing officer only and will not
appear on the electoral register when it is published.
All households are required by law to complete and
return an Electoral Registration Form during the annual canvass
each year. Those who do not could face a fine of up to
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