Join the Electoral Roll

What is the Electoral Roll?

It is your parish church's register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting where the elections take place for:

  • the parochial church council;
  • the parish's representatives on the deanery synod.

Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.  Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.  By enrolling you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the Synodical councils of the Church – the parochial church council, the deanery synod, the diocesan synod, and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members.  Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnerships between bishops, clergy and laity in the life of the Church.  The system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making.  The system is also intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.

Who can join the Electoral Roll?

Anyone who is baptised is invited to join the roll, and is encouraged to do so, but you also need to meet one of these criteria:

  • Do you live within the boundaries of the parish?
  • Do you have been attenders of the church for at least six months?
  • Do you are a member of a church which is not the Church of England, but you wish to join, and you meet one of the two above criteria?

How can someone join the Electoral Roll?

There are two ways to join the electoral roll: 

Open, print and completing this form before handing it into the church office. Click on the icon.

Follow this link to an online version of the Electoral Roll form, which you can submit and will then be added to the roll.  Click on the icon.