Can I find a lost friend or relative on the electoral register?

Finding a lost friend or relative on the electoral register could be difficult because electoral registration is carried out by the local electoral registration office for each area and there is no official centralised electoral register that can be searched.

The length of time local authorities maintain their registers for varies, but once they are released they are sent to the British Library. The General Register Office or the National Archives may also be able to assist you.

To view the electoral register in a particular area you should contact the relevant local authority. To find contact details for your local authority, enter your postcode below.

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