Electoral Registers: Absent Voters

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This is a backup of the West Yorkshire Archive Service's "Off the Record" wiki from 2015. The live went offline in 2016 and remains unavailable.

Electoral registers were not compiled during the two World War hostilities 1916-1917 or 1940-1944. Following WWI and WWII absent voters were sometimes defined by an 'A' next to their name in the County electoral registers; however please note the County electoral registers held by WYAS: Wakefield do not include information on absent voters' regiments or service numbers.


We do however have a separate absent voters list for the West Riding for 1937-1939 (ref: WYAS: Wakefield WYAS934).


A database of absent voters compiled from the 1918/19 Leeds Borough registers is available at Leeds Local Studies Library. A similar list for the Wakefield Borough 1918 is available here. Please see here for an explanation of the difference between the County and Borough electoral registers.


For further information see Electoral Registers.