Sign up to vote or change how you vote


Completing your application to vote or to change the way you make your vote is really easy, and is a great way to ensure that you get your voice heard and to make a difference to Somerset.


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Who can vote?

  • You must be registered to vote. All eligible citizens can register.
  • You must be a resident of an area in order to vote there.
  • 16 and 17 year olds can apply to register, so that they are able to vote as soon as they turn 18.
  • If you move house or change your nationality you’ll need to re-register. If you have changed your name, it’s easier to apply to re-register online, or you can ask your local electoral office for a change of name form.
  • There are special arrangements in place to help certain groups of people to vote:

Anonymous registration – You can register anonymously if you are concerned about your name and address appearing on the electoral register because you think that it could affect your safety, or the safety of someone in your household.

Service voters have special arrangements available to them. These include members of HM Forces and their spouses or civil partners, as well as Crown Servants and employees of the British Council posted overseas.

Declaration of local connection It is possible to declare a connection to a local area in order to vote, if you do not have a fixed address, you have been held on remand, or you are a long-term patient in
a mental hospital.

 

How can I vote 

  • You need to complete an application to register to vote, or if you move address.
  • You can vote in person on the polling day, you will receive an information card through the post a week before polling day. The card let’s you know where you will need to visit on Thursday 5th May 2022, between 7am to 10pm. Many people will be making their first vote this year, the people in the polling station are very helpful. 
  • You can vote by post, by returning a simple form by the 17th April 2022.  Return your vote by post or pop it in to your polling station on the 5th May 2022. All votes must be received by the deadlines.
  • You can ask some one to vote in person for you, by returning a simple form. This could be due to employment, education, disability or other reasons. This is called a proxy vote. 

You will need access to a printer to print off the above forms, or call or email your local electoral team. 


Where can I find out more


More information is available https://www.gov.uk/how-to-vote and https://www.somerset.gov.uk/how-the-council-works/elections/

Need help? Get in touch with your local electoral registration team. They can tell you if you’re on the electoral register, or if you’ve registered for a postal or proxy vote. 


Get in touch with Sedgemoor 

Electoral Registration Officer
Bridgwater House
King Square
Bridgwater
TA6 3AR

 


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