Policy paper

A democracy that works for everyone: survivors of domestic abuse

New policy proposals to make the anonymous electoral registration scheme more accessible to those escaping domestic abuse.



The government announced in September 2016 that it would look closely at whether the current system of anonymous electoral registration could be improved to make it easier for survivors of domestic abuse to safely register to vote.

This document sets out the government’s approach to reforming anonymous registration, with particular reference to England and Wales. We would hope that similar changes will also be made in Scotland. A consequence of the further devolution of powers to Scotland is that the Scottish Parliament will shortly gain legislative competence in respect of all of the local government electoral register in Scotland (the Parliamentary register remains reserved).

Published 3 March 2017