2. Electoral Roll

The register of electors (sometimes called the 'electoral roll') is a list of everyone who is registered to vote in Oldham.

Check if you are registered to vote

You can check if you are on the register at:

  • The Elections Office

To request a letter of confirmation, please send a cheque for £20 made payable to Oldham Council to the Elections Office (or you can bring the cheque into the Elections Office).

Are you eligible to register?

  • You must be resident at an address.
  • You have to be 18 or over.
  • You must be a British, qualifying Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union citizen.

Overseas electors

Overseas electors are allowed to vote in British Parliamentary and European Parliamentary Elections only.

European Union Citizens are allowed to vote in European Parliamentary and Local Elections only.

Overseas electors include:

  • British citizens living abroad
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • European Union Citizens

About the register 

The Electoral Registration Service produces and maintains the register of people in the District who are entitled to vote in all local and parliamentary elections.

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register of electors.

The Electoral Registration Officer makes and keeps two versions of the electoral register - the electoral register and the open register.

The Electoral Register

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote.

You can check it by calling at the Elections Office at the Civic Centre in Oldham.

Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to give, or use, copies of it for purposes other than those set down in law.

You can see more information on the About My Vote website.

We use the full register to show who can vote in elections and referendums.

It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:-


  • detecting crime (e.g. fraud) 
  • calling people for jury service 
  • checking credit applications (only to verify your name and address)


The Open or Edited Register

The Open Register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. 

The Open Register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from this version of the register.

The Open Register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose.

When registering, you must indicate whether or not you wish your name to be excluded from the Open Register.

You can request to be removed or added to the open register by completing the 'Remove or add your details to the open register' form.


Removing your details from the Open or Edited Register does not affect your right to vote.