The Electoral Roll is the official list of those eligible to vote in Church elections. By being included on the Roll, a person has the right to attend and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and so it gives the chance to have a say in who will lead and run the Church. Being included on the Roll also gives a person the right to stand for election to the PCC and to be a Churchwarden.
Every six years, we must completely revise the Roll, starting from scratch. No-one is copied over from the old Roll to the new one – every person who wishes to be on the Roll must re-apply. 2019 is one such year, and we are now in the process of doing this.
To be eligible for inclusion on the Electoral Roll, a person needs to be at least 16 years old at the time of the next APCM (30th April 2019), and also be:
- a baptised member of the Church of England (or a church in communion with the C of E) resident in the parish of St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk for at least 6 months and habitually worshipping there; or
- a baptised member of the Church of England (or a church in communion with the C of E) not resident in the parish, but have habitually worshipped at St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk for at least 6 months; or
- a member of a church not in communion with the Church of England but which subscribes to the Doctrine of the Trinity, and willing to declare themselves a member of the Church of England, and have habitually worshipped at St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk for at least 6 months.
Full information on the legal status of the Electoral Roll and the rules surrounding it can be found in the Church Representation Rules.
How can I be on the Electoral Roll?
Forms to register for the Electoral Roll are available in Church and in the St Mary’s Church Whitkirk Community Centre. You can also download one and print it yourself:
Completed forms should be sent to:
The Parish Office
390 Selby Road
The deadline for inclusion in time for the next APCM is 14 days before the meeting, on the 16th April 2019. Names can be added to the Roll after the meeting, but no names can be added or removed during the 14 days prior to the meeting.