What is the Electoral Roll and why is it important?
The Electoral Roll is the parish church’s register of electors and entitles those who have requested to be on the roll to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and therefore elect the:-
- Parochial Church Council – PCC
- 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.
The Roll is renewed every 6 years ( last renewal was 2013) with no names carried over from the old roll. Everyone who wishes to remain on the roll is required to make a new application at this time.
What difference does it make?
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
- Parochial church council,
- Deanery synod,
- Diocesan synod,
- General Synod
are fully representative of its members.
The process 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.
Secondly, the system is intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.
You can ask to be placed on the roll at any time (and to be taken off if you wish) by approaching the Electoral Roll Officer. At St Aldhelm’s this is Janet Kilminster.
The Electoral Roll – The highlights
- You have to ask to be added to the roll
- You have to renew every six years
- Once on the roll you are able to vote in church elections
- You can also have your say on the wide church
- IT IS YOUR WAY TO HAVE YOUR SAY