Electoral register

Annual canvass

The Council has a legal duty to review the register of electors each year by sending a household enquiry form to every household within the Borough. This is known as the Annual Canvass.

The household enquiry form will list everyone currently registered to vote at the property, giving you the opportunity to add any new names or remove any out of date information. By law, you must complete and return your enquiry form every year, even if you do not intend to vote or do not qualify to vote.

The canvass runs from August to the end of November.

The electoral register is published annually on 1st December. If you are not on the electoral register you will lose your right to vote and you may also find it difficult to obtain credit or enter into certain financial agreements.

Electoral register and open register

The registration officer produces two versions of the register – the electoral register and the open register.

The electoral register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes, such as checking credit applications, detecting crime and calling people for jury service.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

To remove your details from the open register, please email elections@westsomerset.gov.uk and provide your full name and address or telephone 01984 635276.