Why do I need to register to vote?
- Residents have to be on the full electoral register by law. Failure to register can incur a civil penalty of £80
- You can only vote in an election if you register to vote
- Credit Reference Agencies use the electoral register when checking if a person has a good credit rating. If you aren’t listed you may have difficulty applying for a loan, credit card, mortgage, or in opening a bank account
- Under certain circumstances you can register anonymously but will have to follow legal procedures to do so
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect from 25 May 2018. Together with the Data Protection Bill it will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and will apply to the processing of all personal data. Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers are personally responsible for ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the GDPR.
Data protection requirements have been in place for many years. Although the GDPR does broaden the requirements, particularly in relation to demonstrating accountability and transparency, many of the key principles are the same as those in the DPA 1998.
Our Privacy Notice can be found on our data protection page.
The Register of Electors
We produce two versions of the register of electors, the full register and the open register.
The full register includes the name and address of everyone in North Lincolnshire who has registered to vote. Anyone can view the register during office hours at Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6NL . You can also view a copy at Scunthorpe Central, Barton Library and Brigg Library.
By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and it can only be used for certain things, such as elections, law enforcement and checking applications for credit. It is a criminal offence for any of these organisations to pass on information from the full register to anyone else.
The open register can be bought by anyone and used for any reason. You can choose not to be on the open register.
How can I opt in or out of the open register?
To opt in (be put back on the open register) or opt out (be removed from the open register). You can either:
- Fill out a new full registration online on the GOV.UK website and opt in or out when asked about the open register
- Call the elections office during opening hours on 01724 296245