Postcode Search
Search site

FAQ

Last modified: 16 May 2016
  • Q:

    What is individual electoral registration?

    A:

    Previously, the 'head of household' was responsible for registering everyone who lived at the address, but now every individual is be responsible for their own voter registration. The new system also means that people will be able to register online.

  • Q:

    How do I opt out of the Open Register?

    A:

    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. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. 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. If you would like your details removed from the Open Register, or would like to check that they are not included please contact the Elections Team on Elections@mendip.gov.uk or phone 01749 341530.

  • Q:

    What is different about the new system?

    A:

    As well as individuals taking responsibility for their own registration, the other difference is that people need to provide a few more details about themselves to register - these are date of birth and National Insurance Number.

  • Q:

    Why did the system change?

    A:

    Individual Electoral Registration gives you the right and responsibility to register yourself, instead of giving the responsibility to a 'head of household'. It encourages people to take individual responsibility for their own vote. The change also allows more convenient methods of registration, for example, by internet. Because the new system asks you for your national insurance number and date of birth before you are added to the register, the electoral register will be more secure and more resistant to threats of electoral fraud.