The revision of the Electoral Roll has now been completed and Church of England rules state that no one may join the Roll until after the APCM on Tuesday 18 May. A copy of the Roll is available here. Below is some information about the purpose of the Electoral Roll.
What is the Electoral Roll?
This is the basic list in every Church of England parish of all those entitled to vote on elections within that Church. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections, joining the Church Electoral Roll means that you can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the PCC.
The Electoral Roll helps the Church show its strength. Representation on the governing bodies of the Church of England depends on the number on the Electoral Roll. The higher our membership, the more representatives we have on these. You can of course be a full and active member of All Souls without joining the Roll. Being on the Electoral Roll does not entail signing up to any additional commitments.
Who can join the Electoral Roll?
We invite anyone who calls All Souls their church to join the electoral roll. To be eligible to join you need to be regularly worshipping with us at All Souls for at least six months or live within the parish. You also need to be a member of the Church of England, or of a church in communion with the Church of England, have been baptised and over 16 years old.
Joining the electoral roll gives you the right to vote at the Annual Church Meeting where we select members of the Parochial Church Council, the Church Wardens and representatives on deanery synod. Additionally you can only stand for these positions if you are on the electoral roll.
The electoral roll is separate to All Souls partnership and you must fill in a different form for each.
The roll is completely renewed every six years, at which point all members have to re-apply for membership or else their names will be deleted. The last renewal was in October 2020. To find out if you are on our Electoral Roll please email firstname.lastname@example.org.