Like all councils, we keep two registers:
- the electoral register (or electoral roll)
- 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 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. It's one of the key sources companies use as a reference when you apply.
Call the elections helpline (01226) 773070 to see if you’re registered to vote in Barnsley.
The annual canvass is a review of the electoral register. We may contact you by email, phone, post or personal visit and ask you to verify the occupants of your property. Find out more about the annual canvass.
Who can register
- British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizens over the age of 18. Check the list of eligible nationalities to see if you're 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. Applications can be accepted from anyone who will be 18 years old within a 12 month period starting from 1 December of any year. Find out more about voting on the GOV.UK website.
How to register
It’s your responsibility to register your details on the electoral register.
You’ll need your national insurance number, your payslips, or any letters about benefits or tax credits. If you can't find your national insurance number, visit GOV.UK's find a national insurance number.
Viewing the electoral register
The full register is available for public inspection. Call into the Town Hall weekdays between 8.30am and 5pm (4.30pm Fridays) if you want to view it.
By law, you can only look at the register under supervision. You aren't allowed to take photographs or photocopies of the information. You can make handwritten notes.
Names on the electoral register are listed by street name alphabetically within polling districts. There's 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 us to remove them. You can do this by filling in our open register opt out form and sending your completed form back to us by email or post it to Electoral Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.
Removing your details from the open register doesn't affect your right to vote.