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Local Elections May 2019

Local elections in Nottingham Thursday 2 May 2019

 

Your local elections 

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

Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in Nottingham. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, fire and public safety, social care and waste management.

In order to vote in this important election, you must be on the electoral register.

Election Notices

 

How to register to vote

Unless you’ve recently moved homes or haven’t previously registered at your address, you’re very likely to already be registered. You should receive your polling cards around a month before polling day.

If you don’t get your poll card or you’ve recently moved, you need to register. The deadline to register to vote is 12 April 2019.

All you need to register is your name, address and your national insurance number. If you don’t have a national insurance number, don’t worry! There are other ways that we can check your identity. Just get in touch with us by sending an email to elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Register now at GOV UK

 

Requesting a postal vote

If you’d prefer to vote by post, it’s easy to apply for a postal vote.

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

Your completed form must be with us by 5pm on 15 April 2019.

Download the form below and return it to:

 

Postal vote form

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 your postal vote pack can be viewed here.

If you need any assistance with your postal vote pack please contact Electoral Services on 0115 876 4111 or via postal.votes@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

 

Requesting a 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 5pm on Monday 15 April.

Completed application forms can be returned to:

 

Proxy vote application form for disability

Proxy vote application form for employment circumstances

Proxy vote application form for educational circumstances

Proxy vote application form for a specific election

Proxy vote application form for overseas

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.

Proxy vote application form for emergency proxy (medical)

Proxy vote application form for emergency proxy (employment)

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 postIf you are already a proxy and would like to vote by post please contact the Electoral Services team on 0115 876 4111 or email us at postal.votes@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

 

How to find your polling station and cast your vote

Your poll card should arrive around a month before the local elections on 2 May. If you haven’t received your poll card by 10 April, please register to vote at GOV UK.

Your polling card will show 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 on 0115 876 4111 or via elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

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.

 

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

 (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

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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