County Council Elections

The next County Council election will take place on 4 May 2017.

The election will be called on 24 March, 2017 and all 57 of the council’s seats will be up for election.

Voting

The way we all register to vote has changed. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. You can still contact your local district or borough council to register to vote, or you can now register online. The deadline to register to vote in the next elections is Thursday 13 April 2017.
Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address. Under the new system, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. You need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register to vote?

  1. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits
  3. Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
    To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

Postal votes and proxy votes

If you are unable to vote at your polling station and would like a postal vote you need to apply by 5pm on 18 April 2017.
If you wish to appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf at this election) you need to apply by 5pm on 25 April 2017. In both cases, you will need to contact your local district or borough council to obtain the required forms.

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