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Every household in Mendip will receive a form through the post asking the occupier to confirm who lives at the address, this is to check who is eligible to register to vote.

The form is not a registration form but you must complete it, you can do this by post, phone or text message.  

It is a legal requirement to provide this information requested, if you don't you could be fined £1000.  

Register to Vote

This page sets out how you go about applying to be on Mendip's Electoral Register.

You can now apply online please use this link to register your application to register your application.  Please note that you will be asked for your date of birth and national insurance number so please have this to hand.

To learn more about the register and the difference between the open (edited) and electoral (full) registers please view this document pdf icon Information on the Electoral Register [30kb]

The following people, who are 18 years and over are eligible to vote:

  • All British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens.
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • Crown Servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • European Citizens (but only in European and Local Elections).
  • Overseas Electors (but only in Parliamentary and European Elections).

For further information on the different types of electors, elections and who can vote in what in what election, please view this document pdf icon Information on registering to vote [426kb]

The Open Register

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 341479

Postal Voting

If you are unable to attend a polling station during election time or would rather vote by post, you are able to be added to the Absent Voters list.  To request a postal application form please download a form for a postal vote application form.  

Any person who is included in the Register of Electors can apply for a postal vote. A postal voter is an elector to whom the Returning Officer sends a ballot paper through the normal post, together with necessary return envelopes and other documents a few days before polling day. Having received their postal ballot paper(s) they need to be completed, along with any accompanying paperwork in the privacy of their own home and then returns the papers through the normal post to the Returning Officer at Mendip District Council, Shepton Mallet by the close of poll on the day of the election. Postal voters CANNOT vote at the polling station however their completed postal packs can be handed in at a polling station. If a person loses or spoils their postal ballot papers after receiving them, the Electoral Services Team at the District Council need to contacted immediately.

Voting by Proxy

If you are unable to attend a polling station during election time or would rather vote by proxy, you are able to be added to the Absent Voters list.  To request a proxy application form please download a form for a  proxy vote application.  

Any person who is included in the Register of Electors can appoint another person on the register to vote on their behalf; this person is then known as a proxy voter. The number of people that a proxy can vote on behalf of is restricted if the proxy is not related to the applicant. However if the proxy is directly related i.e. mother, father, brother or sister the proxy is able to vote on behalf of them all. All proxy vote application must be received by 5pm, 6 working days before polling day. However proxy applications on medical grounds can be applied for up to 5pm on polling day.