Eligibility to Vote

To be eligible to vote your name must appear on the Register of Electors. Please follow the link to obtain information on how to register to vote.

Generally, to be included in the Register of Electors a person must be:

  • resident in West Somerset on the date of the application
  • a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of another member state of the European Union (Commonwealth citizens and those of British Dependent Territories together with citizens of European member states can check their eligibility by looking at the list below)
  • 18 years old and over

Special arrangements apply to:

  • 16 and 17 year olds - you should register now so that you are able to vote on or after your 18th birthday.
  • Students may register at both their home address and their college or university address. It is not an offence to register twice, but you may only vote once in any election.
  • Overseas Electors. Many British Citizens living abroad have the right to vote at European or Parliamentary elections held in the UK.
  • Service personnel have the choice of registering annually under a service declaration or as an ordinary voter.
  • Homeless people may register at the address or place where they spend a substantial part of their time either during the day or at night.
  • Citizens of European Union member states (apart from Britain and Ireland) may register to vote at local government elections. Separate application may be made to register to vote at European Parliamentary elections. There is no entitlement to vote at UK Parliamentary elections.
  • Remand prisoners may register at the institution where they are currently resident or at the address they would have been resident or have previously lived.
  • Mental health patients, either voluntary or detailed (but not those detained for criminal activity) may register at the institution where they are currently resident or at the address they would have been resident or have previously lived.
  • Person(s) whose safety is at risk (i.e. people escaping domestic violence) if their identity were in the public domain, can apply for anonymous registration.
Nationalities 

To vote in any election you must be a British Citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic. You can also vote in any election if you are a Commonwealth Citizen.

For more details see Who can register to vote? (aboutmyvote website)