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    hi there, I am a bit confused!

    There are two versions of the register, right!?

    The full version which has the name and addresses of everybody who is registered to vote. I believe anyone can look, yes? Also credit agencies can use it to check name and address if like I am applying for credit.

    And the edited register which I can choose not to be on it. This version can be used for any purpose and person or company can buy it. It can be used for checking identity or for marketing.

    I don't understand the edited register. What is the advantage/disadvantage of being on it? Are you on it? It says about being used for marketing. What type? Would people/companies use the information to send you letters or call you?

    WWhy do we need the edited register?

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    Register of electors info is available through websites like 192.com, but only the edited register. So in theory anyone can find you if you leave your name in the edited register. The edited version is there so you have some control over who can access your info.

    Original Poster

    so does it make a difference if I opt out of being on the edited register ?

    I'd prefer to keep my details private. Will this affect my credit rating?

    Otto.uk;8734923

    so does it make a difference if I opt out of being on the edited register … so does it make a difference if I opt out of being on the edited register ? I'd prefer to keep my details private. Will this affect my credit rating?



    It doesn't make a difference, It won't affect you're credit rating, the edited version is mainly used for companies who buy this information (I think) :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    thanks!

    so what are the advantages of being on the edited register? I read that it can be used for direct marketing which means junk mails...

    Do mobile companies check the edited or the full register? If I opt out the edited register I will not be able to get contracts or retailers cards, is that right (if they used the edited version)?

    I once asked this very question to the registrar. I have opted OUT of the edited register, and always have done, but when I looked (out of interest) in the register held by the local library, there I was. I was a little miffed to say the least. I asked the registrar who told me the edited register is freely available, the full register needs to be bought and paid for - hence the library having a full version, and I suppose most companies who want to know your details will find it there, or buy their own. I asked the registrar what I could do to avoid being put on either list, and she said I could ask to be removed, but would lose my ability to vote. I asked if I could use a false name, and she said yes, but if I got caught it would be illegal, though went on to say - who'd know? As long as I didn't become Minnie Mouse, or Queen Mary or something silly, no one would know. Ofcourse, this would throw up a variety of different problems if I ever applied for a loan or mortgage and the company ran a check on my address and it said I didn't live there... But I feel I was rightly miffed to appear on the register, available to those who wish to pay for it, when I thought I would not.

    Penny Saver;8735452

    I once asked this very question to the registrar. I have opted OUT of … I once asked this very question to the registrar. I have opted OUT of the edited register, and always have done, but when I looked (out of interest) in the register held by the local library, there I was. I was a little miffed to say the least. I asked the registrar who told me the edited register is freely available, the full register needs to be bought and paid for - hence the library having a full version, and I suppose most companies who want to know your details will find it there, or buy their own. I asked the registrar what I could do to avoid being put on either list, and she said I could ask to be removed, but would lose my ability to vote. I asked if I could use a false name, and she said yes, but if I got caught it would be illegal, though went on to say - who'd know? As long as I didn't become Minnie Mouse, or Queen Mary or something silly, no one would know. Ofcourse, this would throw up a variety of different problems if I ever applied for a loan or mortgage and the company ran a check on my address and it said I didn't live there... But I feel I was rightly miffed to appear on the register, available to those who wish to pay for it, when I thought I would not.



    The edited register has to be paid for but anyone can buy it. The full register is restricted to certain people - credit agencies, law, political parties and government agencies. You can look at either register for free at a place designated by your council - usually a library or council offices.
    If you are not on the full register, you wouldn't get called for jury service I don't think - when I worked in a court they used an electoral roll to select potential jurors.
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