The Church Electoral Roll
What is the Electoral Roll?
The Electoral Roll is the list of names and addresses of the members of the church, ie every person who can vote at the Annual Meeting (and any special or extra church meetings).
Who can be on it?
Any lay person (i.e. not ordained clergy) who is baptised and over 16 years old, provided they live in the parish or have worshipped at the church regularly for at least six months. It’s possible to be on the Roll of more than one church, but in that case a choice must be made over which one church you wish to vote in.
Anyone wishing to be included on the Electoral Roll must declare that they are baptised and aged 16 or over and either:
(a) are a member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and am a resident in the parish.
(b) are a member of the Church of England (or 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.
(c) are 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 myself to be a member of the Church of England and I have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.
How often is the Roll updated?
Every six years a new Roll is prepared and those on the previous Roll are informed so that they can re-apply. If you are not resident in the parish but were on the Roll as an habitual worshipper and have been prevented by sickness or absence or other essential reason from worshipping for the past six months, you may write “would” before “have habitually attended” on the form and add “but was prevented from doing so because” and then state the reason. A new version of the Electoral Roll was created in 2013 and is updated every year. The Roll was last revised in March 2016.
Apply to be on the Electoral Roll
If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll for Hertford St Andrew and are not currently, please complete a form (to be found at the back of the church by the entrance or by downloading a copy using the links below), and pop it in the black postbox inside the church porch. Your application will then be considered by the PCC.
If you have any queries, please contact Philippa Probert, Parish Administrator.
application form - pdf version
or application form - word version