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Electoral Register

I did not realise it was a criminal offence to refuse to give your details for inclusion on the Electoral register.
At one time some authorities were actually selling this information to private companies but I understand this has now stopped.
If you are not on the register then you are unable to vote but who would want to vote for any of the current rabble we have in parliament irrespective of party.
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You have the option to have your name withheld from the electoral registrar so it can't be used for marketing purposes etc. 
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The register has two formats. The full version of the register is available for supervised inspection by anyone, by legal right. It is this register that is used for voting and its supply and use is limited by law. Copies of this register are available to certain groups and individuals, such as credit reference agencies and political parties.
An 'edited' version of the register, which omits those people who have chosen to 'opt-out', can be purchased by anyone for any purpose.
The full register contains the following information:
    * voter number (two letters indicating the polling district, followed by a number)
    * voter's name and address
    * date of birth (if 18th birthday falls within a year of the register is published)
    * if the voter has requested a postal vote
    * after an election, an indication of whether or not that voter cast their vote
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The full version of the ER can be viewed at our council offices but can't be removed or copied. 
To opt-out of having your name included there is a tick box on the form you fill in.
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But why do they want this information and what is it used for ?
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Apart from being able to vote there's also a requirement to perform jury service until one is 70 years old.
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If you are not on the register then you are unable to vote but who would want to vote for any of the current rabble we have in parliament irrespective of party.

Aha.... BUT... if there was some "party" that was "worth voting for".... to remove the "current rabble".... if you are not on the Electoral Register...... you cannot vote for them to remove said "rabble"...  Roll eyes
pierre_pierre
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just look what happened in Barrnley, they Con/Demed then down the pile
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The electoral register is also used to check on credit ratings for mortgages and loans.  I know of someone who had big problems when applying for a loan as he was not on the ER.
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If you are not on the register then you are unable to vote but who would want to vote for any of the current rabble we have in parliament irrespective of party.

Aha.... BUT... if there was some "party" that was "worth voting for".... to remove the "current rabble".... if you are not on the Electoral Register...... you cannot vote for them to remove said "rabble"...  Roll eyes
Some party worth voting for ? And pigs might fly !
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The electoral register is also used to check on credit ratings for mortgages and loans.  I know of someone who had big problems when applying for a loan as he was not on the ER.

I wonder how they do that ? Does the register give details about your financial position. You could be on the register and be up to your eyes in debt.
All it can do is confirm that you claim to live at that address.
Some people have been known to rent out there council property whilst living at another address
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I wonder how they do that ? Does the register give details about your financial position. You could be on the register and be up to your eyes in debt.
All it can do is confirm that you claim to live at that address.
Some people have been known to rent out there council property whilst living at another address

Yes, the ER can only confirm that you gave the address that is recorded.  It's only one part of checks for borrowing money.
pierre_pierre
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And looking at the Saints & Sinners recently on BBC have £150 000 undeclared in the Bank
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And looking at the Saints & Sinners recently
I prefer Rip Off Britain with Glorious Honeybunch, Angela Ripthemoff & Jennie Bondage.
Ah the joys of being old enough to like mature women  Cool
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Do you mean to say you dont like Bald Men then
Whoops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12657989
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Yes, the ER can only confirm that you gave the address that is recorded.  It's only one part of checks for borrowing money.

A couple of years ago I took up the offer of a reduced fee Experian credit check via my bank after a few days when I receive no reply I chased them I was informed to submit more details as they could not find any record of me at my address on the Electoral Register. Strange I thought as I lived here for 20+ years. I asked for the fee back as I was not prepared to give the requested information as this was done via the bank and they should have the information at hand.
geoffp0
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I opted out of the full Electoral Register a few years ago as I was getting so much junk mail through the letter box it was unbelievable, after talking to someone at my local lodge who is on the council he told me that the main purchasers of the ER are these companies that specialise in filling your letter boxes with c**p
Hoorah, I am now 70 so will not be picked for jury service, will give me pleasure to put a cross in that particular box this year Smiley
Geoff