Types of Elections

We organise and manage all the elections for West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

We also run other elections within the district on behalf of the South West Region European Parliamentary Constituency and referendums when called by Parliament. 

Somerset County Council and your local Parish Council also contract us to run elections to their authorities on their behalf.

The table below details the types of elections that occur.

Type of Election Representative Capacity Number of Elected Persons Frequency of Elections
Parliamentary 1 Constituency (Bridgwater and West Somerset) 1 Every 5 years (maximum)

1 Constituency (South West Region)

Dealt with by proportional representation Every 5 years
Somerset County Council 4 Divisions 4 members Every 4 years
West Somerset District Council 16 Wards 28 members Every 4 years
Parish 36 Parishes 300 members Every 4 years
Contact the Taunton Deane and West Somerset Shared Electoral Services Office

West Somerset House
Killick Way

Email: elections@westsomerset.gov.uk
Telephone: 01643 703704