Electoral registers record the names of eligible people who have registered to vote in Parliamentary and Local Government elections. Registers were introduced in 1832 and have been produced annually excepting the war years 1916-1917 and 1940-1944.
Surrey electoral registers 1832-1962 are available to search and view online on the Ancestry website.
Surrey History Centre holds electoral registers for the county of Surrey from 1832 to the present. However, there are some anomalies since the changing boundaries of the county and the establishment of separate boroughs have made tracing some registers more complicated, and in some cases (e.g. Croydon) we only hold registers for certain periods. Registers for the Spelthorne area are held from 1965. If in any doubt, please contact Surrey History Centre before you visit to make sure that we hold the registers you are looking for.
Early electoral registers at Surrey History Centre for 1832-1889 include the whole of the ancient administrative county of Surrey.
The Land Tax Assessment books for all the parishes in the ancient county of Surrey for the years 1780-1832 are also available on microfilm, and are available to search and view online on ancestry.co.uk.
Please see the PDF files below for more information about electoral registration in Surrey.
Image: Photograph of Quartermaine family canvassing for votes for Henry Quartermaine, later mayor of Woking, c.1920s (SHC ref PC/160/ALB1/148)
Files available to download
Electoral areas in the parliamentary county of Surrey (PDF)
Explains changes in Surrey electoral areas from 1832 to present following legislation and boundary reviews
Electoral areas in the parliamentary boroughs in Surrey (PDF)
Explains changes in Surrey parliamentary boroughs from 1832 to present as a result of legislation
The parliamentary franchise before 1918 (PDF)
Outlines who was eligible to vote in parliamentary elections before the Representation of the People Act 1918
The local government franchise before 1918 (PDF)
Outlines who was eligible to vote in local government elections before the Representation of the People Act 1918
Electoral registration and the registers before 1918 (PDF)
Describes the legislation that established the registration of those qualified to vote from 1780 until the Representation of the People Act 1918
Electoral registration and the registers after the 1918 Act (PDF)
Describes the legislation that set out the registration of those qualified to vote after the Representation of the People Act 1918
Twentieth century franchise legislation (PDF)
Describes the legislation that established who was eligible to vote in parliamentary and local government elections in the 20th century