Local Government Elections 2 May 2019

A rundown of things you need to know before polling day

 Local Government Elections 2019

A rundown of things you need to know before polling day

On Thursday, 2 May residents in Uttlesford will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.

In Uttlesford, there will be elections to select councillors for all 39 seats on the District Council as well as in the town and parish councils where seats are contested (this means there are more candidates for the town or parish council than there are seats on it).

Here is a rundown of things you need to know before polling day:

MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. If you have recently turned 18 or have moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

  • Residents who have not yet registered at their current address are urged to make sure they are registered in time. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – it takes just five minutes. Alternatively, contact the Uttlesford Elections Team at [email protected] or 01799 510510 to request an application form.
  • If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote in the local elections on 2 May. However, if in doubt, you can check your details by contacting the Elections Team.
  • Your poll card will be sent to the address where you are registered. It will say where your polling station is. You can only vote at the polling station that is stated on your own poll card.

POSTAL VOTING

  • If you wish to apply for a postal vote, you will need to do so by 5pm on 15 April.
  • Will you be away when your postal vote pack arrives? These are the dates when postal votes are being sent out:
    • If your application is returned to us in time to include you on the postal voting list by 22 March (or if you are already a postal voter), please note your postal ballot packs will be posted to you by 1st class mail on or about 12 April.
    • If your application is returned to us after 22 March, please note your postal ballot packs will be sent out by 1st class mail on or about 23 April.
    • The postal ballot packs should arrive a day or so after posting, so please bear in mind these anticipated dates if you will be away from home.
    • If you do not have time, or forget, to post your postal pack before polling day, then you can take it to the polling station where you live on polling day itself and hand it in before 10pm. Your poll card tells you where your polling station is. Postal votes that arrive after 10pm on 2 May will not be counted.

PROXY VOTING

Voting by proxy means you give permission for someone else to vote on your behalf.

If you wish to apply for a proxy vote, you will need to do so by 5pm on 24 April.

  • If you’ve appointed a proxy, then they need to make sure they are able to vote at the correct polling station on your behalf.
  • If you are suddenly unable to vote in person, because you have a medical emergency which prevents you from attending on polling day, or your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline, then you may be entitled to appoint an ‘emergency proxy’.
  • You can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day. You should contact the Elections Team to ask about this.

Stay up to date with the latest elections information, including timetable, via the website at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/current-elections. You can also receive regular updates via email – subscribe at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/keepmeposted.

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Posted on 02/02/2019