In order to vote in elections and referendums you need to be on the electoral register. The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote.
We are currently in the process of gathering the information required to prepare our next electoral register, which will be published in February 2014. On 1 October all residential properties in Bath & North East Somerset were posted a registration form, and at the beginning of November a reminder was sent to all non-responding properties. On 1 December there were still 11,000 properties which hadn't returned a form; electoral registration canvassers will visit these properties between 6 December and 20 January in order to assist residents with the completion of their form.
If you haven't returned your registration form yet, please do so as a matter of urgency, as failure to return it could lead to a fine of up to £1,000. You can download a copy of the form from the "Documents" section of this page.
To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of "Commonwealth citizen" includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.
Citizens of other EU member states (excluding the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections and must complete a separate form to vote in European Parliamentary elections.
You can register if you are 16 years old or over. However, you cannot vote until you are 18.
You must complete an electoral registration form. You can download a form from the "Documents" section of this page, or alternatively you can call Electoral Services and request a form.
You can register at any time throughout the year as the register is updated almost every month. At the beginning of October electoral registration forms are sent to every house in Bath & North East Somerset; this process is known as the annual canvass. The revised register of electors will be published in February 2014.
After the publication date, the register is updated on a monthly basis; this process is known as rolling registration. You need to download a form from the "Documents" section of this page, or alternatively you can call Electoral Services and request a form.
Who has my personal details?
There are two versions of the electoral register - the full register and the edited register.
The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote and is updated every month. The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit. The full register can also be used for law enforcement.
The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing. You can choose not to be on the edited register by ticking the appropriate box on your electoral registration form.
A copy of the full electoral register, which lists the names and address of everyone entitled to vote, is available for public inspection under supervision in the Bath Record Office, at the Guildhall in Bath.
A copy of the edited register is available in public libraries and Council reception offices at:-
The Guildhall, Bath
The Hollies, Midsomer Norton
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