The Electoral Register

How to view the register

There are two versions of the electoral register which are updated and published on 1 December each year, following the annual canvass.

The full version of the electoral register

The full version of the electoral register contains the name and address of every registered elector. Access to the full register is restricted by law and the use of the data is limited to certain purposes.

Paper copies of the full register for the West Suffolk area are held at: West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YU.

The full version of the electoral register may be inspected, under supervision, by any person during usual office hours.

Please note that:

  • by law, we can only provide the current year's register for inspection - once a new register is published, the previous versions are no longer available for public inspection
  • it is not permitted to take a copy or photographs of the full register, but you are welcome to make notes by hand
  • it is not possible to search the register electronically
  • you will be asked to complete and sign a declaration form prior to viewing.

The open version of the electoral register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register and electors can opt out of having their details published within it. 

Information obtained from this register may be used for any purpose. Please note that only handwritten notes may be made. The use of copying machines, photography and computers is not permitted. This includes entering data into a mobile phone or electronic device.

To view the open register for West Suffolk, please provide 24 hours' notice, and details of the geographical area which you wish to view, by email to elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk or phone 01284 757131.

Both registers are filed by:

  • polling district, then
  • street (in alphabetical order).

It is, therefore, a good idea to know the road name and/or ward name before you begin. It is not possible to search the open register by surname.

More details can be found on our Privacy Notice for Electoral Registration.

How to purchase the open register

You can purchase the open register by emailing Electoral Services at: elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk or by writing to Electoral Services, West Suffolk Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU.

The charges are set by the Government and are listed below.

  Electronic data Paper
Administration charge per purchase £20 £10
Per 1,000 names (or part thereof) £1.50 £5

More details can be found on our Privacy Notice for Electoral Registration.