COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL INFORMATION ON LOCAL ELECTIONS TAKING PLACE ON THURSDAY 6TH MAY 2021

LOCAL ELECTIONS ON THURSDAY 6TH MAY 2021 INFORMATION

As you know there are elections taking place in the District on 6 May and see details below with information about the process and timetables.

The elections taking place are:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire
  • Gloucestershire County Council – eight county divisions across the Cotswold District
  • Cotswold District Council –  Fosseridge Ward (by-election due to the resignation of Julian Beale)
  • Parish/Town Councils – a number of parish and town council by-elections across the Cotswold District
  • Three Neighbourhood Plan Referendum in parish areas

Details of all the elections and relevant documents can be found on our website at:  https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/current-and-future-elections/

 Notice of election

The starting point for the elections is the publication of the Notice of Election and I attach copies of the County Council notice and any district, parish or referendum notices which apply to your parish.

It would be helpful if you could publish these in your area either using any local email lists or notice boards.  Information can also be included in local newsletters or social media if you have these available.

The Police and Crime Commissioner notice will be published on the Gloucester City council website as the Gloucester Returning Officer is responsible for this election.

Candidates

The notice of election opens the period when nominations can be received and copies of the nomination paper pack are included on our website for anyone wishing to stand in the election.

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate in any of the elections will need to submit a nomination paper by 4pm on Thursday 8 April.  Prospective candidates can contact this office if they need any help with the nomination process.

We will send you a copy of the Statement of Persons Nominated which will be published after 4pm on 8 April.  This will include details of all the candidates standing at the elections.

Registration and poll cards

If anyone needs to update their details e.g. they have moved house or changed their name, they can do so on the Government’s register to vote site.

The deadline for registering to vote or making changes to your registration is midnight on Monday 19 April.

Poll cards will be sent to electors from 26 March.  Where there is a change to a person’s address, name or voting method e.g. they apply for a postal vote, an updated poll card will be issued to them and these will be posted in batches between 31 March and 20 April.

Voting

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 6 May and we are working with each location to ensure that COVID measures are in place at each station.

In addition to this, all voters will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and sanitise their hands on arrival and there will be a limit to the number of voters allowed into the station at any one time.

Some stations will have marshals to help voters as they arrive.

Voters may also bring their own pencil/pen to mark their ballot papers if they wish – individual pencils will be available for those who don’t bring their own.

Anyone who would rather not go to the station, may wish to apply for a postal vote.  To apply, each person must complete an application form which can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission’s site or contact us for a paper copy to be sent.  This form must be returned to this office by 5pm on 20 April.  Postal ballot packs will be issued no later than 22 April.

As usual with elections, we will keep you informed at each stage but if you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Kind regards

Sarah Dalby

Electoral Services Manager/Deputy Returning Officer

01285 623002

elections@cotswold.gov.uk