Individual Electoral Registration

We are writing to local residents to tell them about the change and you may have received a letter.

The vast majority of residents need to do nothing and your registration to vote will be transferred to the new system.

The Open Register:

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.

Your letter will confirm whether your details are included on the open register or not (third paragraph of letter).  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.

About the changes

The registration system changed on 10th June 2014. The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'. Previously the 'head of household' was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address, but now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration. The new system means that for the first time people are now able to register online. to register, you will need to provide a few more details, including your National Insurance Number and date of birth. This helps make the electoral register more secure.

Most people who are already registered have been transferred automatically to the new register. However, around 25,000 will need to re-register in the South Somerset area. There are also people in the area who are not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have their say in elections. If you weren't registered previously, you can register under the new system at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

This is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years. Locally, we are focussed on ensuring that people have information they need to join the new register.