In order to vote in elections and referendums you need to be on the electoral register. The Register of Electors is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. The current Register of Electors was published on 17 February 2014. 

If your name is not already included in the Register of Electors you must complete an electoral registration form and return it to Electoral Services. The deadline to register to vote at the forthcoming European Parliamentary Election is Tuesday 6 May 2014.

Who can register to vote?

How can I register?

When can I register?

Who has my personal details?

Can I view the electoral register?


Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are a British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen or a European Union citizen resident in the UK.

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) can vote at local government elections. They 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.


How can I register?

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.


When can I register?

You can register at any time throughout the year as the register is updated almost every month. At the beginning of October every year electoral registration forms aresent to every house in Bath & North East Somerset; this process is known as the annual canvass. A revised register of electors is published at the end of the annual canvass. The current register was published on 17 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.


Can I view the electoral register?

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
Riverside, Keynsham

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