Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

The electoral register and 'open register'

The electoral register (sometimes called the ‘electoral roll’) lists the names and addresses of everyone who’s registered to vote. Find out how to get on the electoral register so that you can vote below.

How to register

If you have recently moved or if you are not registered at the moment, you can now register to vote online in as little as three minutes. You will need your National Insurance number, date of birth and full address to register. You can also update your registration or get on or off the open register using this service.

If you cannot register online, please phone 0300 123 2224 so that a registration form can be sent out or further help provided.

Your form will be checked and sent to us. If your details match with the government records, we will confirm by post.

If your details do not match, we will ask you for ID such as a copy of your passport, driving licence or other documents.

You will only need to re-register if you move house or change your name – you can do this online with the new details.

You must confirm your details during our annual canvass. A form will be sent to every property listing everyone registered to vote. You can add new names or remove old information.

You can register if you are:

  • 17 or over. You cannot vote until you are 18
  • a British, Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of a European Union country living in the UK or a citizen of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man living in the UK

Opt out of the register

You can opt out of the open register. This is the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy. You can find out more on GOV.UK.

View the electoral register

Find out how you can view the electoral register on GOV.UK.

Last reviewed: May 30, 2024 by Neil

Next review due: November 30, 2024

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