World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Anonymous Elector

Article Id: WHEBN0031507795
Reproduction Date:

Title: Anonymous Elector  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Midterm election, Boundary delimitation, Electoral reform in the United States, Electoral reform, Elections by country
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Anonymous Elector

An anonymous elector is generally a registered voter whose safety would be at risk if their details were available on a public electoral register.


In Australia, a voter anonymously registered is known as a silent elector.[1] To be a silent elector, a voter must satisfy the Divisional Returning Officer that their safety or that of any other person living in the same household would be at risk if their name and address were printed in the electoral register. Silent elector registration forms must be returned by post, not by fax or by e-mail.

New Zealand

An eligible elector who believes that having their details entered on the publicly viewable electoral roll could threaten their personal safety or that of their family can apply for their details be included only on the unpublished roll.[2] The application must be accompanied by evidence, such as a copy of a protection order that is in force under the Domestic Violence Act 1995, a copy of a restraining order that is in force under the Harassment Act 1997, a statutory declaration from a member of the New Zealand Police, or a letter from either a Barrister or Solicitor, the employer, a Justice of the Peace, or the like, supporting the application on the grounds that the applicant's personal safety, or that of their family, could be prejudiced by the publication of their name and details. An elector remains on the unpublished roll until such time as their circumstances change.

United Kingdom

A person who qualifies to register to vote can be registered anonymously if they can satisfy the Electoral Registration Officer that their safety or that of any other person living in the same household would be at risk if their name and address were printed in the electoral register.[3]

A voter can apply to be an anonymous elector at any time by using registration forms available from local England, a director of social services in Wales, any chief social work officer in Scotland or any director of social services of a Health and Social Services Board or executive director of social work of a Health and Social Services Trust in Northern Ireland. Application forms can be returned to the local Electoral Registration Officer by post, by fax or by e-mail as a scanned attachment.[5]

Once the anonymous elector application has been accepted by the Electoral Registration Officer, the applicant's entry in the Electoral Register appears as an elector number and the letter N, rather than their name and address. Only the Returning Officer, the jury service in England and Wales, the security services and police forces have access to the name and address of anonymous electors. A 'Certificate of anonymous registration' is then issued to the anonymous elector in case they need to prove their identity and address in order to obtain credit or to donate money or loan money to a political party/candidate (but as this involves handing over name and address details to a third party, the anonymous elector should only do this if they are absolutely confident that the other party will keep the information secure). The anonymous elector application lasts 12 months, after which it must be renewed.

To vote in person, an anonymous elector must take the poll card received in the post.


  1. ^ "Silent Electors - Australian Electoral Commission". 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ EEC (2005-03-01). "How to enrol on the unpublished roll | Elections New Zealand". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Part C" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Representation of the People Regulations 2001, Regulation 6 (also, Regulation 31I(2) states that copies - rather than the original - of the court order/attestation is acceptable as evidence)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.