Voting and electoral registration

Registering to vote

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections. Further details about the open register including how to opt out.

The electoral register

In order to vote your name must be included on the electoral register or 'register of electors'.

The electoral register is not available to be viewed online.

What you need to register to vote

If you want to be a voter then you MUST register to vote you will need to supply your national insurance number and date of birth.

If you have changed your name or address please register online or alternatively request a paper form by emailing

If there are other changes to make, such as someone has moved out you must put this in writing to the address on the letter or in an email to

If you have a disability and require help or assistance please contact the Election helpline on 0300 123 5016.

If you need to change a spelling or request a paper form, call 0300 123 5016.

Individual electoral registration

  • You can now register online
  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. (Before June 2014 the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.)
  • You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure

Can anyone register to vote?

You have to be:

Your personal data

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes, including carrying out statutory functions in connection with elections, referendums and electoral registration. 

In order to carry out these statutory functions we will share your data with companies employed to process the data on our behalf.  

We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998.

We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.

We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Further information about how the data is used is available the electoral register page.

Contact us

Macclesfield Town Hall
C/O Municipal Buildings
Earle Street

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