What is the Church Electoral Roll
The Church Electoral Roll is the parish church’s register of electors, and is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the elections for the Parochial Church Council (P.C.C.) and 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.
Every 6 years the Electoral Roll is renewed. In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must apply for inclusion on the new roll. The Roll is reviewed in advance of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which generally takes place during March or April.
If you enrol 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, your Deanery Synod, the Oxford Diocesan Synod and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members. For more information on the three synods go to the "Synod" section.
PREPARATION OF NEW ELECTORAL ROLL FOR 2019
Under the Church Representation Rules a new Church Electoral Roll is prepared every six years. In 2019 all persons who wished to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names were entered on the present Roll or not, had to apply for enrolment.
A revision of the Electoral Roll takes place beore each Church Annual Meeting, which is normally held in either March or April. Applications to join the Electoral Roll can be made at any time to the Electoral Roll officer (contact details below).
To download an Application for Enrolment on the Church Electoral Roll:- Click Here
Those Entitled to Register on the Electoral Roll
Anyone who is baptised and is aged 16 or over, is entitled to apply for inclusion on the Church Electoral Roll of the parish if they are one of the following:-
- A member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and are resident in the parish.
- a member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and, not being resident in the parish, have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.
- a member in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and also declare themselves to be a member of the Church of England, and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.
More detailed notes on the above regulations can be found at the end of the Application for Enrolment Form - download details in the section above.
Electoral Roll Officer
The completed "Application for Enrolment Form" should be returned to the Electoral Roll Officer in the parish in which you reside/worship. Below are the details of the contact in each of the four parishes who will be happy to answer any queries that you might have and pass on those queries to the Electoral Roll Officer in their parish:-
John Wales: email@example.com
Jeremy Hopkinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Packer: email@example.com
Hazel Turner: firstname.lastname@example.org