The electoral register is a list of everyone in Gateshead who is registered to vote. You cannot vote, in local or national elections, if your name and address is not on this register. Not being on the register could also affect your credit rating.
Each year, the Council must conduct an annual registration process. The purpose of this is to make sure the information on the register of electors is still correct. As part of this process, we send a registration to form to every property in the Borough, asking householders to confirm or correct the information we have.
At the end of this process we publish a new register of electors which includes everybody that has told us they are entitled to vote within Gateshead.
This year's annual canvass will commence on 4 October 2013 and will finish on 17 February 2014.
If you have any queries please call us on 0191 433 2166.
During the rest of the year, outside the annual canvass period, changes can be made to the register of electors via the rolling registration process.
Under rolling registration, the register is updated on a monthly basis, with updates being published on the first working day of each month.
You can download our rolling registration form using the link at the bottom of this page.
The rolling registration process is suspended during the annual canvass process. At this time, no monthly updates are published until the new register is published at the end of the canvass.
Who can register
You are eligible to register provided you are:
18 or over on the day of election
a British, Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union citizen
not legally excluded from voting (for example, if you are in prison)
A member or spouse of HM Forces
A crown servant employed outside the UK
European citizens are allowed to vote in European and local elections only (not UK Parliamentary elections). You cannot vote in local elections if you are a British citizen living abroad and registered as an overseas voter.
Further information on registering to vote for Non-British Citizens.
There are two versions of the register - the full and edited registers.
1. Full Register
Your details always appear on thefull version of the register. This is a complete record of everyone who has registered to vote in our area. It is used for elections, preventing and detecting crime, and for checking credit applications.
You can view the full register by appointment at Gateshead Civic Centre and Central Library.
the register can be viewed for 15 minutes under supervision
individuals can be searched by address but not by name
hand written notes can be made but copies of the register cannot be taken
a signed declaration will be needed to agree that information will not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.
2. Edited Register
The edited version of the register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose and bought by anyone – including marketing purposes. This register is published once a year and cannot be changed under rolling registration. Once your details are on it they cannot be removed until a new version is published.
You can opt out of appearing on this version of the register by ticking the ‘opt-out’ box on either the annual canvass or rolling registration form.
The law prevents us from carrying over your preference every year so you would need to opt-out each year. To opt-out permanently write to the Electoral Services stating your wish to be permanently excluded from the edited register. Use our sample letter for ease. (Word Document 32k)