Running electoral registration - Wales

Your role and responsibilities as Electoral Registration Officer

As Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) you are responsible for compiling and maintaining the register of electors.

This guidance covers the appointment of EROs, your duties to conduct an annual canvass and to maintain the register throughout the year, and the resources required to support you in your duties.  

How are Electoral Registration Officers appointed? 

In order to be able to vote in elections in Wales, a person’s name must be included in a register of electors. As ERO you are responsible for compiling the register of electors. 

The council of every county or county borough council must appoint an current officer of the council to be the ERO.

The ERO should be a senior officer, for example the Chief Executive/Head of Paid Service, and should undertake relevant training to ensure they have, and maintain, the skills required for the role.

Last updated: 12 July 2023