Residents in Somerset are being encouraged to get 2024 off to a good start by making sure they are ready to vote in elections – both local and Parliamentary.

The next scheduled elections in Somerset are for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset on Thursday 2 May 2024.More details will be published nearer the time.

The PCC is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public’s behalf. They oversee how crime is tackled in their area and aim to make sure that the police are providing a good service.

Voter registration is at the top of the list as everyone who votes must be on the electoral register. For those unsure if they are registered, Somerset Council’s Electoral Services team 0300 123 2224  will be able to help.

Voters may need to update their details if they have moved house or changed their name. This can be done by re-registering. It’s a quick and simple process:

People planning to vote in person at a polling station must provide photo ID to make sure they can cast their ballot.

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, driving licence and older person’s concessionary travel pass. Documents must be original, not a photocopy – check out the information from the Electoral Commission.

Those without suitable ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. Applicants need to provide their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number. The process is available online via Somerset Council can provide a paper form or it can be downloaded here:

People can apply for a postal vote if they are away on holiday or because their work schedule means they can’t get to polling station. They may also choose to vote by post simply because it would be more convenient.

Applications can be completed online, and applicants have to reapply every three years. Full details on how to apply can be found here:

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January 15, 2024

Debbie Rundle

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