If your personal safety or the safety of someone in your household would be at risk from your name and address appearing on the electoral register, you may be able to register anonymously. Anonymous electors are shown with a letter ‘N’ on the register, and their names and addresses never appear on any public register. Anonymous registration was introduced in 2007 and new rules have come into force in March 2018. However the requirements for registering in this way are still relatively strict and are set out in law.
To qualify, you will need to make an application that includes evidence which demonstrates that your safety, or that of someone in the same household as you, would be at risk if your name and address were on the electoral register. This evidence can take one of two forms:
- A court document that is for your protection or someone in your household; or
- An authorised person signing your application form. This is known as an ‘attestation’.
More information on the range of court documents that can be used and the persons who are qualified to sign an attestation can be found at the Your Vote Matters website.
Please note: The qualifying officer does not have to be based in the same area as the applicant, but the attestation cannot be delegated to a more junior person within their organisation.
If you would like to apply to register in this way, please contact our Electoral Services team who will be happy to help. This type of application must be renewed annually.