You may be able to register anonymously if you are concerned about your name and address appearing on the electoral register because you think that it could affect your safety, or the safety of someone in the same household as you.
How does registering to vote anonymously work?
When registering to vote, your name and address are ordinarily added to the electoral register.
This means any person can view that register and certain people and organisations are entitled to be supplied with it.
Registering to vote anonymously is different
If you register anonymously, your name and address will not appear on the public electoral register. You will still be able to vote.
The Electoral Registration Officer at your local council will not disclose your details to anyone unless they are legally required to.
How do I register to vote anonymously?
To register to vote anonymously you need to:
- Complete an application form
- Explain why your safety – or that of someone in the same household as you – would be at risk if your name and address were on the electoral register.
You also need to submit evidence to support your anonymous registration.
There are two options for evidence you can use. You only have to do one of them.
1. Provide a court document that is for your protection or someone in your household. A range of different court documents can be used.
2. Get an authorised person to sign your form confirming that your safety, or that of someone in your household, could be at risk if you don’t register anonymously. This is known as an ‘attestation’.
Where do I get the form to register anonymously?
In England, Scotland or Wales you should download a form to register to vote anonymously from gov.uk.
In Northern Ireland you should download a form from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.
If you have any questions about registering to vote anonymously, you should contact your local electoral registration office. They will be able to help you with the registration process.
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