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Local Elections May 2019

Register to Vote

Candidates and agents briefing

Are you interested in standing for election to the City Council on Thursday, 2nd May 2019? All prospective candidates and agents are invited to attend one of our two briefing sessions which will be held at Loxley House on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 7th March at 6pm
  • Friday, 8th March at 5pm

The Returning Officer will be providing an overview of the electoral process, covering issues such as the election timetable, nominations, postal voting, polling station voting and guidance on campaigning.

Outside of these sessions, the Electoral Services team are available to provide any assistance as required, either by telephone on 0115 876 4111 or by email at elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Candidates and agents are encouraged to confirm their attendance using the contact details above.

Timetable for local elections in England: 2 May 2019

This timetable covers the following polls taking place on 2 May 2019:

  • local government principal area elections (i.e. district, borough, county borough and unitary authority elections)
  • parish council elections
  • local authority mayoral elections in England
  • any combined authority mayoral elections in England


The days which are disregarded in calculating the timetable are Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, bank holidays and any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Please be aware that the timetable may change in the event of days being appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Event

Election

Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight)

Date

Publication of notice of election

All

Not later than 25 days

Not later than Tuesday 26 March

Delivery of nomination papers

All, excluding combined authority mayoral

From the date stated on the notice of election up to 4pm on the nineteenth working day before the election

From the date stated on the notice of election up to 4pm on Wednesday 3 April

Delivery of nomination papers

Combined authority mayoral

From the day after the publication of notice of election until 4pm on the nineteenth working day before the election (10am to 4pm)

Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of the notice of election until 4pm on Wednesday 3 April

Deadline for withdrawals of nomination

All

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 3 April

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

All, excluding parish council

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 3 April

Making objections to nomination papers

Combined authority mayoral

On 19 days (10am to 5pm), subject to the following:

 

Between 10am and 12 noon objections can be made to all delivered nominations


Between 12 noon and 5pm objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm, 20 days before the poll

Between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesday 3 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations

 

Between 12 noon and 5pm on Wednesday 3 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Tuesday 2 April

Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

All

19 days

 

Wednesday 3 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated

All

Not later than 18 days (4pm)

Not later than 4pm on Thursday 4 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

All

12 days

Friday 12 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

All

11 days (5pm)

5pm on Monday 15 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

All

6 days (5pm)

5pm on Wednesday 24 April

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

All

Between 18 days and 6 days

Between Thursday 4 April and Wednesday 24 April (inclusive)

Publication of notice of poll

All

Not later than 6 days

Not later than Wednesday 24 April

Publication of final election notice of alteration

All

5 days

Thursday 25 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents

All

5 days

Thursday 25 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of sub agents

Combined authority mayoral

5 days

Thursday 25 April

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

All

4 days

Friday 26 April

Polling day

 

All

0 (7am to 10pm)

Thursday 2 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes

All

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 2 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

All

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 2 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

All

0 (9pm)

9pm on Thursday 2 May

Delivery of return as to election expenses (parish council elections only)

Parish council

Not later than 28 calendar days after the date of the election

Thursday 30 May

Delivery of return as to election expenses

All, excluding parish council

Not later than 35 calendar days after the date the election result is declared

If result is declared on Thursday 2 May: Thursday 6 June

 

If result is declared on Friday 3 May: Friday 7 June

Sending postal vote identifier rejection notices

All

Within 3 calendar months beginning with the date of the poll

By Friday 2 August

Poll Cards

The poll card will have on it your polling number, your name and address, and the location of your polling station where you can vote in person.

If someone in your household does not receive a poll card and they are eligible to vote, or if the poll cards are not in the correct names please contact the Electoral Services team immediately. See below for contact details.

How to vote at a Polling Station

Voting in person at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help if you’re unsure what to do.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm.

When you arrive at the polling station:

  • Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote
  • The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret. You can also ask to have a companion with you when you vote, or staff in the polling station may be able to help you
  • Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted
  • Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry – so long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper
  • Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote

If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.

Polling stations

Find your closest polling stations with our polling station finder.

Find your polling station

Postal Vote

If you are away or cannot go to the polling station you can apply to vote by post. Completed applications must reach the Electoral Services team before the deadline, please see our election timetable.

Completed application forms can be returned by post, by email as a scanned attachment or by fax. If you are given a postal vote you will not be able to vote in person at a polling station.

 

When you receive your postal vote, read the instructions carefully. Your postal vote pack will include your ballot paper and a postal voting statement. Complete both of these and return them immediately.

A short video showing how to complete you postal vote pack can be viewed by clicking here

If you need any assistance with your postal vote pack please contact Electoral Services please see below.

Proxy Vote

If you cannot get to the polling station and do not wish to vote by post you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf. This is called voting by proxy.

You can apply to have a proxy vote for these elections only, but you must provide a reason, for example away on holiday. The person you appoint as your proxy for these elections must be a registered local government elector.

You can also apply to have a proxy vote for all future elections but you must provide a reason AND have your application signed by someone else to support your application. Only certain people can sign as a supporter and details are included with the application form.

Completed application forms must reach the Electoral Services team before the due date.

Completed application forms can be returned by post, by email as a scanned attachment or by fax.

If you have a medical emergency, or if your employment suddenly requires you to be away from home, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy. The medical emergency or employment reason must have occurred after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications has passed.

Your application will need to be signed by someone else to support your application. Only certain people can sign as a supporter and details are included with the application form.

Your proxy will be sent a proxy polling letter which shows both your details as the elector and the proxy’s details. Your proxy may take this letter with them when they attend your polling station as it will assist the staff in finding your details on the register, however it is not compulsory.

If your proxy can’t get to your polling station they can apply to vote by post. If you are already a proxy and would like to vote by post please contact the Electoral Services team please see below.

For further information please contact Electoral Services on 0115 876 4111 or email us at elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Contact Us

Electoral Services Loxley House Station Street Nottingham NG2 3NG United Kingdom elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.
Tel: 0115 876 4111

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