England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570-1907 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index with browsable images of registers with people eligible to vote in Kent, England between 1570 and 1907. “This collection also contains a few militia muster rolls for Faversham.” Eligibility to vote in some elections was based on property ownership, so many of these records include property descriptions.
“Until 1918, the registers list only men because women were not allowed to vote. Until 1971, the registers listed only those 21 years of age or older. If an individual’s name did not appear in the register, he or she could not vote.”
“Registers have been published annually with few exceptions from 1832 to the present. Before 1884, they are arranged by polling district and then alphabetically by surname. After 1884, they were arranged by polling district and then by street.” FamilySearch Wiki for Cheshire Voter Eligibility.
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What Can I Learn from English Voter Registers?
These records may include:
- Name and Surname of a voter
- Jurisdiction level
- Place of residence
- Owner, renter, etc
- Description of Property
What Can I Do with Voter Information?
- Try to find original images of any record because they may provide more information than the transcribed record
- Use the location information provided to find a person in census records, church records, and civil records.
- Look for land records in places where this person lived
- Look for this person or the head of household in city directories
- Look for military, tax, probate or other records for this person