Like all councils, we keep two registers - the electoral register (sometimes called the electoral roll) and the open register (previously known as the edited register).
The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who’s entitled to vote. You can only vote in an election if you’re on the register.
The register is used for making sure only eligible people can vote. It’s also used for other purposes like detecting crime, such as fraud, calling people for jury service, and checking credit applications.
Being on the register increases your chances of being accepted for credit or a mortgage as it’s one of the key sources companies use as a reference when you apply.
To find out if you’re registered to vote in Barnsley, call the Elections Helpline on (01226) 773070.
Who can register
- British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizens over the age of 18. Please check the list of eligible nationalities to see if you are entitled to register.
- 17 year olds, and some 16 year olds, are entitled to be included on the register as ‘attainers’ – this means they can vote when they reach the minimum voting age of 18
How to register
It’s your responsibility to register yourself on the electoral register.
You’ll need your national insurance number, which will be on your national insurance card, your payslips, or any letters about benefits or tax credits. If you can't find your national insurance number, check Gov.UK's find a national insurance number.
Viewing the electoral register
The full register is available for public inspection from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 8.30am to 4.30 pm on Fridays at the Town Hall.
By law, the register can only be viewed under supervision, and you’re not allowed to take photographs or photocopies of the information. Only handwritten notes are allowed.
Please note that names on the electoral register are listed by street name alphabetically within polling districts. There is no facility to search the register by name.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it’s not used for elections.
It can be bought in full or part by any person, company or organisation. For example, it’s 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.
If you want to remove your name from the open register, please complete this form and either email it to electoral firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to Electoral Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.