Electoral services privacy notice
What personal information is being processed and what for
The Electoral Registration Office keeps records about potential and actual electors; electors who register anonymously; voters; citizens; candidates and their agents; staff employed at an election or at the electoral registration canvass and individuals who assist with the booking and opening of polling stations. These records may include the following (where required):
- Dates of birth
- Telephone numbers and email addresses where supplied
- Unique identifiers (such as National Insurance numbers)
- Scanned application forms and dates of any letters of correspondence, previous or any redirected addresses
- Further evidence from certain individuals such as copies of their passport, marriage certificate or driving licence
- The reason an individual may require an absent vote, the individual’s signature and date of birth
- If an individual is over 76 or under 16/17
- Whether an individual has chosen to opt out of the Open version of the Register
- Gender for those employed at Elections or Annual Canvass
- Title for those employed at Elections or Annual Canvass
- Bank details for those employed at Elections or Annual Canvass
- Car registration details for those employed at Elections or Annual Canvass
- Previous employment data for those employed at Elections or Annual Canvass
Why we are allowed to use your information
The Electoral Registration Officer is a data controller and collects the personal data you provide for the purpose of registering your right to vote. You need to be registered to be able to vote in any election or referendum for which you are eligible. We have a duty to maintain a complete and accurate register throughout the year. We will only collect the personal data we need from you, in order to do this.
We do this as a legal obligation to comply with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 and Representation of the People Regulations 2001. This ensures you are registered to vote in any election or referendum for which you are eligible. The law makes it compulsory to provide information to an Electoral Registration Officer for inclusion in the full register.
Who we will share your information with
Sometimes personal information has to be given to other authorities, organisations or people, but only for purposes set out in legislation. Examples of this are candidates; libraries; political parties and credit reference agencies. This may be for the prevention or detection of crime, or because of legal matters. We don’t need your consent to do this, but if we can, we will let you know if we’ve passed your information on.
Our software providers will also store your information, but only on our instructions. They won’t use it for any other reasons, and they have to look after it in the same way that we would.
Our printing company will also use your information, but only on our instructions. They won’t use it for any other reasons, and they have to look after it in the same way we would.
We are required to provide copies of the Full Electoral Register to certain organisations and individuals by law. They may use it for their own reasons that are different to ours, but they still have to look after it in the same way. For a list of these organisations and individuals you can contact our Electoral Services Team by telephoning 01270 685922 or email email@example.com
If you have chosen to be included in the Open Register, by law your information can be shared with anyone who requests it They may use it for their own reasons that are different to ours, but they still have to look after it in the same way.
We share staff information with the payroll department, at Cheshire East Council to enable payment to be made to all staff working at elections or at the annual electoral registration canvass.
Where we get information from
Elector details are supplied directly from the individual when they make their application to be added to the Electoral Register. The person is asked to provide these details by law for electoral registration purposes. Details are also gathered from other Council departments to identify potential electors such as Council Tax.
Staff employed at elections or the annual electoral registration canvass are asked to supply contact details and other personal details to enable payments to be made, these details are kept in paper form, and on our computer system, and for the relevant election or electoral registration canvass period.
How long we will keep your personal information
The Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer are obliged to process your personal data in relation to preparing for and conducting elections. Your details will be kept and updated in accordance with our legal obligations and in line with statutory retention periods.
How your information is stored
Information may be held as a written record; kept on a computer as an electronic record, or as a printed record from our computer system, all records are stored in a secure office which only certain people can access.
Our computer system can only be accessed by certain people as required by legislation. Certain people have limited access, for example on a ‘view only’ basis and can only view certain information. The system is protected by passwords and can produce information regarding who has accessed the system. The information is backed up onto secure Cheshire East Council servers.
Certain documents are open to public inspection for specified periods, for example the Electoral Register is a public document which can be viewed by appointment, under supervision.
What will happen if you don’t provide us with your information
If your information is not supplied to the Electoral Registration Officer it means that your details would not be included on the Electoral Register, you would then not be allowed to vote at any elections or referendums. You may also be liable to a fine as set out in law.
If your information is not supplied to the Electoral Registration Officer it means that other organisations such as the Credit Reference Agencies or the Jury summoning Service would not hold these details for you, you may then encounter difficulty obtaining credit and might not be asked to serve on a Jury.
If the required information is not supplied to the Returning Officer then you would be unable to be employed to work at the election as payments would not be able to be processed.
Will your information be used to make automated decisions
No, neither the Electoral Registration Officer or the Returning Officer use your information to make any automated decisions.
You have a number of rights regarding your personal data, including withdrawing your consent where we have asked for it. You can also ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and ask us to correct anything that is wrong.