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How To Search The Electoral Roll Online
Searching the electoral roll, also known a voter’s roll search is easy to do.
By: Rob Fellowman
You must be careful though, there are several websites out there that rank well so have a big online presence but do not have access to the latest versions of the voters roll.
Some of these websites only search the latest electoral roll, some search the latest one and back to either 2002 or even 1992, you might think that this is irrelevant as you only want to search the latest electoral roll to see where the person lives now, this makes sense but unfortunately is not right. The voters roll is now edited, when you fill in the electoral register you can now opt out of the electoral roll. This means that if you are searching the latest electoral roll and the person you are looking for has opt out they will not be on at all, there address will not be on and their names will not be on, so what can you do?
If you use a company that has access to the electoral roll back to previous years then you have a much higher chance of finding them at their address. The voters roll search that companies provide has been edited since 2003, most people are now becoming wise to the fact that they can opt out and are doing so. This means that the data you are paying for is flawed in many ways.
So what can you do?
When performing an electoral roll search with a company make sure of the following:
• Do they have access to the latest version of the edited electoral roll? The electoral roll 2010 will be out around January next year; different companies take different amounts of time to be able to access this data.
• Do they have access to search the historical electoral roll? A voter’s roll search that comprises of the current and historical electoral roll will really improve your chances of finding a friend online. Consider that they may have only opted off the voters roll search this year, if you had access to last year’s you would of obtained your friends address.
• Does the company you are about to pay your money to have access to any other systems? A search of the electoral roll is a great way to find someone but it is not the only way. A company can also buy access to other systems and can perform search the Royal Mail PAF file, this is another list of names and addresses, list is probably an understatement as it contains over 18 million records! Some also allow you to search the BT Osis file so you may even obtain a telephone number for the person you are looking for, it’s always worth seeing if a telephone number search is included.
• Finally make sure the website is a genuine one, do they have their address on the site? Do they have a contact number; you should always ring and see if you can speak to someone.
Can you search the voters roll for free?
Or can you search the electoral roll for free? Some websites try to use this as a selling point but currently you cannot search the voters roll for free.
Can you search the Voters roll online?
Yes you can search the electoral roll online, this is the quickest way to find the information you require.
A voter’s roll search can also be known as:
• An Electoral roll search
• An Electoral register search
• A Voters register search
We hope this has helped explain the voters roll search and the options you have, remember the voters roll 2010 will be out soon. Good luck finding family and friends online.
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