ELECTORAL ROLL - FAQs

1. Why should I request that my name is added to the Electoral Roll?

Being on the Church Electoral Roll is a way of demonstrating your willingness to help shape the future of St. Thomas' Church, not just locally, but nationally and even internationally. It also enable you to participate and vote in the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (A.P.C.M.).

2. Who is the Electoral Roll for?

The Church Electoral Roll is for lay persons only. 

3. Who can be included on the Electoral Roll?

To be entitled to be included on the Electoral Roll, a lay person must have:

     1.  been baptized and attained their sixteenth birthday on or before the date of of the Annual Parochial Church           Meeting.

     2. submitted a signed application for enrolment form, and must be one of the following:

             i.   a member of the Church of England, or of a Church in communion with the Church of England, and                            resident in the parish; or

             ii. a member of the Church of England and, not being resident in the parish, to have habitually attended                       public worship in the parish during a period of six months prior to enrolment; or

             iii. a member in good standing of a church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (not being a                   church in communion with the Church of England) and also prepared to declare oneself to be a                                   member of the Church of England having habitually attended public worship in the parish during a                           period of six months prior to enrolment.

4. Can I be on more than one Electoral Roll?

Yes. As long as you fulfil the above criteria. However, you can only use one parish for the purposes of membership of the Parochial Church Council (P.C.C.), election  to synods etc.

5. When can my name be added to the Roll?

Names can be added or removed at any time during the year with the exception of  the short period between the completion of the Electoral Roll and the completion of the A.P.C.M.

6. If I live in the Parish: will my name be added automatically to the Electoral Roll?

No. You must complete an application for enrolment form.

7. If I already attend St. Thomas' Church regularly will I automatically be included on the Electoral Roll?

No. You must complete an application for enrolment form.

8. So how do I get my name added to the Roll?

You must complete an Electoral Roll Application Form and return it  to church. A PDF printable version can be found below or you can obtain a hard copy from church.

9. Once my name is added to the Roll how long will it stay there?

The Electoral Roll is updated regularly and revised at least annually. The Electoral Roll  is completely renewed every six years. So, you will be asked to re-apply when this review takes place.

10. How do I get my name removed from the Roll?

You can have your name removed from the Roll at any time by writing to the 'Electoral Roll Officer' at the church address.

11. What will happen to my details on the Electoral Roll Application Form?

All of your details will be kept in accordance with the Church's G.D.P.R. policy and Privacy Notice.