Types of Election

Elections & Registering to vote

SSDC administers all elections and elections counts in South Somerset. The types of elections held are:

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections - The first election for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner took place on 15 November 2012. The last election took place on 5 May 2016.
EU Referendum - The referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union took place on Thursday 23 June 2016.
Somerset County Council - SSDC elects 1 member for each of the 17 divisions within South Somerset. These elections are held every 4 years, the next one is scheduled for May 2017.
European - SSDC administers South Somerset, part of the South West Region, which elects 6 members for the South West region using the proportional representation process. European Elections are held every 5 years, the next one is scheduled for 2019.
South Somerset District Council - SSDC elects a total of 60 members for the 39 wards in South Somerset. These elections are held every 4 years, the next one is scheduled for May 2019.

Parish Councils - SSDC elects a total of 824 members for the 102 parish councils in South Somerset. These elections are held every 4 years, the next one is scheduled for May 2019.

Parliamentary - SSDC administers the Yeovil Constituency and Somerton & From Constituency, which are currently held within a maximum of every 5 years. The last election was on 7 May 2015 and the next one is due by May 2020.

By-Elections - These elections are held as and when requested, i.e. when an MP or councillor resigns or dies.

 

Wards

SSDC is divided into 39 wards and is represented by 60 ward councillors. SSDC's 60 councillors are represented by: - 30 Liberal Democrats, 26 Conservatives, 3 Independents and 1 Independent Conservative.

Parishes

SSDC has 121 parishes. View a full list of parish clerks

  

Voting

To vote you must be

  • over 18 years of age
  • register to vote
  • a citizen of Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth or the European Union (EU and Commonwealth citizens are only allowed to vote in certain elections)
  • live in the area that wish to vote for

How do I vote?

You can vote in person. Your polling station's location will be on the poll card that will be delivered to you before polling day.

You can vote by post, by completing a postal vote application form.

Apply to vote by post

You can also apply for a proxy vote if:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
  • you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas
  • you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

Apply to vote by proxy

For more information and elections and voting, please go to the Electoral Commission website.
SSDC elects 60 members for the 39 wards in South Somerset. These elections are held every 4 years, the next one due on 5th May 2011.