Electoral Registration

Administration and compilation of the Electoral Register

Electoral Register

The electoral register is published annually on 1st December. If you are not on the electoral roll you will lose your right to vote and you may also find it difficult to obtain credit or enter into certain financial agreements.

To apply to be added to the electoral roll, click here www.gov.uk/registertovote.  To request a form to be posted to you, please telephone us on 01935 462462 or email elections@southsomerset.gov.uk.

The electoral registration officer makes and keeps two versions of the electoral register - the electoral register and the open register:-

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:• detecting crime (e.g. fraud)• calling people for jury service• checking credit applications.

The Open Register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.  Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

Don't worry if you are on the open register and don't want to be.  All you have to do is send an email to elections@southsomerset.gov.uk confirming your full name, address and that you no longer wish to be appear in the open register.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.

Your personal information

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.

Eligibility to Register

In order to be included in the Register a person must:

(a) be resident at a qualifying address in the area;
(b) be a British or other Commonwealth Citizen, a Citizen of the Republic of Ireland or of another Member state of the European Union (see below for eligible EU states);
(c) not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote (age apart);
(d) be aged 16 years or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18).


Electors must be British, Commonwealth or EU citizens. The eligible European Union states are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
For more information on voting and registration please visit www.aboutmyvote.uk or www.electoralcommission.org.uk.