Register to Vote

District and Parish Council Elections on Thursday 2 May 2019

The closing date for registering to vote for the above elections is Friday 12 April 2019.

Do NOT leave it until the last minute to register as we have to verify your application.

In order to vote, your name must be on the electoral register.  Not everybody is entitled to become or remain registered, as this will depend on:


  • nationality
  • age
  • immigration status
  • and whether the person is resident at the address where he or she wants to be registered.

There is no automatic registration of electors from other records, such as council tax.

How to register as an elector

You will need to complete an application to register as an elector. You can do this at any time.

  • online using the secure national registration service
  • by telephone
  • or by returning a paper application form.
Online registration service

The online service is free, quick and easy to use. If you register using that service you can ask for an email acknowledgement of your application when it is being sent to the electoral registration office.

The electoral registration office will contact you once your application has been received and processed either to confirm your new registration or to ask for more details.

Register Online


Telephone registration

You could register over the phone by speaking to a member of our customer services team or the electoral registration office.

Paper-based registration

If you prefer you can complete a paper application which can be downloaded from the website above or the registration office will send one on request.

Changing your name

If you have changed your name but your address remains the same:

  • email the electoral registration team, giving us your previous name and address, and we will send you a change of details form,
  • you will need to provide supporting evidence, such as: marriage or civil partnership certificate, deed poll, amended birth certificate.

If you have changed your name and you have also moved address:

  • you should make a fresh registration application using the secure online service
  • your name, date of birth and national insurance number will be verified against other records, and if your name is not verified you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity.

The electoral register and the open register

There are two versions of the register.  The electoral register is available for inspection at the electoral registration office but can only be copied by hand.

Find out more about the two versions of the register and opting out (or in)

Contact the Taunton Deane and West Somerset Shared Electoral Services Office

West Somerset House
Killick Way

Telephone: 01643 703704