Registering to Vote

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.

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.

Register to Vote