How to opt-out of the open register

Page updated on: 14/02/2024

The Electoral Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. It is used to make sure only those who are entitled to, are able to vote.

The Open Register is an extract of the Electoral Register that is available to buy (formerly known as the Edited Register or Version for Sale).

Being excluded from the Open Register simply means that your details are not available to purchase for marketing purposes. It does not affect your right to vote or your credit rating.

The law enabling people to opt out was introduced in November 2001. Before then, anyone could buy the whole Electoral Register for a fee. Organisations that bought a copy before the law changed could still be using your details.

Your details may also have been made available if you didn't opt out in each year since 2002. Read more about this on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

Changing your preference

You can choose not to have your details published on the Open Register by 'opting out' when you register to vote. However if you are already registered, you can change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included or deleted from the Open Register.

You can do this by emailing your request to  or by writing to us at Electoral Services, Block 4, Parc Myrddin, Richmond Terrace, Carmarthen, SA31 1HQ.

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