How to look for records of... Electoral registration
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of historic electoral registers. The National Archives does not hold any complete collections of electoral registers. The British Library holds a complete set from 1947 onwards, and older electoral registers are held mostly by local archives.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
Electoral registers were introduced in 1832 and, with a few exceptions, have been produced annually ever since.
Older sets of electoral registers are most likely to be found in local archives.
When looking for a person on an electoral register, you will find their full name, their residence, and the property on which they qualify to vote (this is not always the same as residence).
There is no name index to non-current electoral registers, so it is vital to know the street of the person you are looking for.