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Electoral Registers on GR

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Inky1 Report 29 Jul 2013 16:27

This change will keep the postperson busy - for one day a year at least.
If the homes around me are indicative of the country as a whole, the average number of voting age folk is over 2. So the mailshots will more than double.


Janet Report 29 Jul 2013 17:04

Just checked to see what was so great about the Genes search compared to Find my Past and I can't see any difference at all?

they are all searchable by name, county and town, or am I missing something?


jax Report 29 Jul 2013 17:24

I couldn't see that it was any better either...infact FMP list in alphabetical order by place name and GR have them listed willy in my opinion it is easier on FMP if the name is common


Janet Report 29 Jul 2013 17:32

In fact....................why dont they just make it all one site now and be done with it ?



SylviaInCanada Report 29 Jul 2013 19:43

Interesting ..................

we have been responsible for ensuring that we are individually registered to vote for at least the last 30 years!

We no longer have annual registration or updates ...............................

I CAN ensure that every one over 18 in my household is registered, but it is by no means MY responsibility to do so.

For those interested ................

The National Register of Electors is the permanent database of Canadians qualified to vote in federal elections. Elections Canada continually updates the Register using information provided by government agencies from income tax forms, citizenship applications, driver's licence records, provincial permanent voters lists, as well as other information sources. The information in the Register is then used to create voters lists.

Elections Canada shares voter registration information from the National Register of Electors – name, address, date of birth, gender and unique identifier number – with most provincial and territorial elections agencies and with some municipalities, upon request and where data sharing agreements exist.

They also provide voters lists (containing name, address and unique identifier number) to political candidates, Members of Parliament and registered political parties, who may use the information for specific, authorized purposes.

Our registration to vote cannot be used for anything else except Federal, Provincial and Municipal Election information and voting.

The only time we get reminders to ensure we are on the Electoral Register is about 6 months prior to a Federal or Provincial election .................... which causes panic if a snap election is called.


SylviaInCanada Report 29 Jul 2013 19:49

Jan ...............

I have said several times over the last 3 or so years that I thought that was a possible ulterior motive behind the original acquisition, and the subsequent failure to seemingly ensure that GR continued as the very active site it was.

I have even postulated that theory to GR staff.

............ so they do know my concern for GR

No matter what was promised to the Competition Board, what they ruled can always be over-turned later.


DazedConfused Report 29 Jul 2013 20:08

Inky do watch out when filling out your form

They phrase the 'opt out' question in such a way that you are not sure if you have opted out. Very canny as this confuses folk, they do not opt out and then they can sell a larger list.


Thelma Report 29 Jul 2013 20:25

Many people who only want to view Electoral registers will buy credits
Genes £5
FMP £6.95
192 £9.95


RolloTheRed Report 30 Jul 2013 09:11

The UK electoral registration opt out is widely misunderstood.

It does not mean that access to the registration is restricted to voting purposes and the local council. Any firm with a license can access this data including the reselling of services which use the ER data. For instance the major credit referencing firms all sell products which disclose ER details. Access control to this data is very weak.

SylvieInCanada may be interested to know that in the UK EU citizens also have to register if staying in the country. They can vote in all elections except parliamentary and referendums. Citizens of Eire have the same voting rights as UK nationals ( and vice versa).

For EU elections it has been decided that Gibraltar is part of Devon.


Inky1 Report 1 Aug 2013 07:58

The earlier London registers on Ancestry have been very useful to me. But what real purpose is served by Brightsolid putting these latest registers online?