Register to vote

Registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.

If you have recently moved address or if you are not currently registered, you can register to vote on https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

This service will allow you to:-

Please note you will need your National Insurance Number, date of birth and full address details to hand in order to register.

If you are unable to register online, please email elections@westsomerset.gov.uk or call the Electoral Services team on 01984 635276 so that a registration form can be sent out or further help provided.

Your completed application will be checked by the Government Digital Service and sent to us electronically. If your details match with the government records, we will send you a confirmation letter.

If your details don’t match, we will ask you for further evidence of your identity. This could be either a copy of your passport or driving licence or other documents.

Once you have successfully registered and have received confirmation from us, you will only need to re-register if you move house or change your name – you can do this by registering on-line with the new details.

You will however be required to confirm your details during our annual canvass period. A household enquiry form will be sent to every property and will list everyone currently registered to vote at the property. It will give you the opportunity to add any new names or remove any out of date information.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:-

Checking registration

To confirm if you are on the electoral register, you can contact the Electoral Services team. Alternatively, you may inspect a printed version of the register at Taunton Deane Borough Council, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE.

To arrange an appointment to inspect the register, please contact the Electoral Services team.

Electoral register and Council Tax

The council tax register and the electoral register are two separate registers and are completely different.

The council tax register may show the names of the owners and not necessarily the residents of the properties. For this reason, together with legal restrictions, the electoral registration officer is not permitted to take names from the council tax register and put them on the electoral register and vice versa.

The law changed in June 2014 and a new system called Individual Electoral Registration was introduced. Individuals who wish to register are now required to provide their National Insurance Number and date of birth.