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Electoral Registers

To find electoral registers type in electoral register and the name of the parish and a date or date range. 

Click on the Search button and you should see the registers.

To order a register, click on an entry.

Using electoral registers

The format of electoral registers has altered over the years. Today, electoral registers are arranged by address. In the past specific addresses have not always been given and if you are trying to trace a property it may be necessary to look for the names of people known to live in the property.

Qualifications to vote have also altered over the years as a result of different Representation of the People Acts. Until 1918 the qualification to vote was based on property owned or occupied and as a result some people may appear more than once as they could own land in several parishes.

1832 A property qualification was required to vote. Only male owners and tenants of large properties qualified.
1867 Right to vote was extended to owners of property worth £5 per annum, and tenants paying £12 per annum.
1884 All male householders and tenants paying £10 per annum could vote.
1918 All men over 21 and married women over 30 could vote 1928 All women over 21 could vote.
1969 Men and women over 18 could vote

Electoral registers not held

The Essex Record Office does not hold a complete set of electoral registers for all of the parishes in the county. Some are held in other places and these are listed.

(1) The Essex Record Office does not have a complete set of the early electoral registers for the years 1832-1868. These can partly be supplemented by the lists of electors (Q/RPc). In Advanced Search in Seax type the parish name in the first field the first field [All of these words], and Q/RPc in the third field [Any of these words]. Electoral registers for the northern division for 1832-1833 and 1838-1839, and for the southern division, 1832-1833, 1839-1840 and 1841-1842 are available in the Essex Record Office Library. Please see a member of staff to view these registers.

(2) No registers were produced for the years 1916-1917 and 1940-1944.

(3) There are no registers in the Essex Record Office for Southend Borough for the years 1918-1948. The British Library holds registers for 1937-1938 and 1947-1948, but other years do not survive. The Borough area included Canewdon, Leigh, Prittlewell, Southchurch and Southend.

From 1949 the Southend area was divided into two constituencies – East and West. No registers are deposited in the Essex Record Office for either constituency, but Southend Central Library has registers from 1949. From 1949-1954 the parishes of Ashingdon, Barling, Canewdon, Eastwood, South Fambridge, Foulness, Hawkwell, Hockley, Leigh, Paglesham, Prittlewell, Rochford, North and South Shoebury, Shopland, Southchurch, Southend, Great and Little Stambridge, Sutton and Great and Little Wakering were part of the Southend East and West constituencies.

(4) Between 1948 and 1955 the parishes of Brentwood, Hutton, Ingrave, Shenfield and Great Warley were part of the Romford constituency and no registers have been deposited.

(5) From 1918 Great and Little Chishall and Heydon became part of Cambridgeshire and Kedington part of Suffolk.

(6) Between 1971 and 1974 there are no registers for the Basildon Constituency. Copies are held at Basildon Library, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1EE. The area contains the parishes of Basildon, North Benfleet, Great and Little Burstead, Downham, Dunton, West Horndon, Ramsden Bellhouse and Crays and Little Warley.

(7) Between 1971 and 1974 there are no registers for the Thurrock Constituency. Copies are held at Grays Library, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX. The area contains the parishes of Aveley, Billericay, Bowers Gifford, Bulphan, Chadwell St. Mary, Corringham, Fobbing, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Laindon, Langdon Hills, Lee Chapel, Mucking, Nevendon, North and South Ockendon, Orsett, Pitsea, Stanford-le-Hope, Grays, Little and West Thurrock, East and West Tilbury, Vange and Wickford.

(8) Detailed electoral registers for the West Ham area after 1888 and the East Ham area after 1918 can be seen at Newham Local Studies Library, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London E15 1EL. Some electors continue to appear in Essex registers for parts of the West Ham area up to 1915. Microfilm copies of these can also be seen at Newham.

(9) Leyton and Walthamstow registers after 1918 and Chingford registers after 1970 can be seen at the London Borough of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, London E17 9NH.

(10) Barking and Dagenham registers after 1945 are at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Public Libraries, Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT or Barking Central Library.

(11) Registers for Ilford after 1918 and Wanstead and Woodford after 1945 are held at the London Borough of Redbridge Local Studies and Archives, Local History Room, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA.

(12) Romford, Havering-atte-Bower registers after 1945 and Cranham, Hornchurch, Rainham, Upminster, Great Warley and Wennington registers after 1948 are held at the London Borough of Havering’s Romford Central Library, St. Edward’s Way, Romford RM1 3AR.

Poll books

Before 1832 poll books listed all those entitled to vote in county and borough elections. Only a very small percentage of the population were entitled to vote in elections before 1832. Poll books should give details of name and parish, and details of the estate that qualified the person to vote. The names of occupiers may also appear.

The Essex Record Office Library has county poll books for 1679, 1694, 1710, 1715, 1734, 1763, 1768 and 1774. Poll books for the borough of Maldon for 1761, 1787, 1807 and 1826 and poll books for the Borough of Colchester for 1780, 1784, 1806, 1812, 1820, 1830, 1831 and 1832 are also available at Chelmsford. Please see a member of staff to view these books.

Poll books from 1810-1841 for the county of Essex are listed on Seax. To find poll books on Seax, go the Advanced Search option and type poll book into This phrase field. You can refine the search by adding a date or date range. 

If you are unable to visit the Record Office, you can request a search. A search for a single entry and an abstracted copy of that entry costs half the current search fee.  For more than one entry, or where the address is not known the charge is the full search charge.  Further details, including the relevant forms, can be provided on request from the Essex Record Office by e-mailing