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Supply and sale of the electoral register

Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This note examines the supply and sale of the full and edited versions of the electoral register.

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This note examines the supply and sale of the full and edited versions of the electoral register. The report of the Data Sharing Review, published on 11 July 2008, recommended that the sale of the edited version should not be allowed and therefore the edited register should be abolished. The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (PCR Committee) also recently called for the abolition of the edited register in its report on the Government’s proposals for individual electoral registration and other electoral administration provisions. Other organisations, including credit reference agencies, debt collection agencies and direct marketing companies, have argued for the retention of the edited register.

The Government announced during the committee stage of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012-13 on 25 June 2012 that the edited register will be retained.

This Note provides details of the consultation about the edited register, the recommendation of the PCR Committee and the Government’s decision that the sale of the edited register should continue.

Commons Briefing papers SN01020

Authors: Isobel White; Alexander Horne

Topics: Elections, Electoral register

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