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    Local Elections 5 May 2016

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    Information regarding the 5th May 2016 Elections

    The Police & Crime Commissioner election will be taking place throughout the whole of St Albans City and District. The election for the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire will be overseen by Hertsmere Borough Council. More information can be found on their website. General information regarding the Police & Crime Commissioner can also be viewed on this page.

    District Council elections will be taking place throughout St Albans City and District, except in the district wards of Colney Heath and Sandridge.

    A by-election is also to be held of a Town Councillor for the East Ward of Harpenden Town Council.


    Key Deadline Dates:

    Deadline for:

    Date:

    Time:

    Registering to vote

    Monday 18th April 2016

    Midnight

    Applying for a postal / postal proxy vote

    Tuesday 19th April 2016

    5pm

    Applying for a proxy vote

    Tuesday 26th April 2016

    5pm

    Applying for an emergency proxy vote

    Thursday 5th May 2016

    5pm

    Re-issuing spoilt or lost postal voting packs

    Thursday 5th May 2016

    5pm


    Police & Crime Commissioner Election Notices

    • Notice of Election (PDF - 87 kb)
    • Notice of Submission of Election Addresses (PDF - 21 kb)

    District Council Election Notices

    • Notice of Election (PDF - 72 kb)

    Harpenden Town Council – East Ward By-Election Notices

    • Notice of Election (PDF - 117 kb)

    Other Key Dates:

    Publication of persons nominated: not later than 4pm on Friday 8th April 2016

    Election Day: Thursday 5th May 2016

    Expected declaration of the result of the District elections: Overnight on 5th - 6th May 2016

    Expected declaration of the result of the Hertfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner election: Afternoon/evening on 6th May 2016


    Further Sources of Information:

    www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - Online application form to register to vote

    www.aboutmyvote.co.uk - The Electoral Commission’s guidance for voters

    www.electoralcommission.org.uk - The Electoral Commission’s website

    www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Your-Council/Democracy--Elections/Police-and-Crime-Commissioner-PCC-election - Hertsmere Borough Council’s website which provides further information regarding the Police & Crime Commissioner election for Hertfordshire

     

    FAQs

    Which elections can I vote in on the 5th May 2016?

    You must be on the electoral register to be able to vote. 
    To be eligible to register to vote, a person must qualify under three tests. These are:  
    •    Age - aged 16 years or over (but you cannot vote until your eighteenth birthday) 
    •    Citizenship - a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
    •    Residence - you have to be resident at an address in the St Albans District. This includes anyone that may be away temporarily, for example, on holiday, in hospital, at university or reservists called up for service or training

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    I don’t know who to vote for. Can you give me any information?

    As the administrators of the election, we must remain politically neutral. Therefore, we are unable to provide any information on the policies of particular candidates. Further details of political parties’ policies can often be found on their websites. Candidates are also likely to visit properties in the run-up to the election to deliver information about their particular policies.

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    I have a postal vote set up; can I go to the polling station instead this year?

    To vote at a polling station you would need to cancel your postal vote. This can be done up until 5pm on Tuesday 19th April 2016. After this date, your postal vote cannot be cancelled and you cannot cast your vote at a polling station. You can return your postal ballot paper to your designated polling station, but it must be sealed in the return envelope together with all completed documentation and handed to the Presiding Officer.

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    It’s after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote, but I’ve just found out that I can’t attend my polling station on the day of the election. Can I still vote?

    If you find out that you are unable to attend your polling station after the deadline for proxy applications, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency proxy vote. If you meet the criteria, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on the day of the election.  

    • If you have a medical emergency after the normal proxy deadline, and that emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. a medical practitioner or social worker).
    • You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if 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 normal proxy deadline. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. your employer).

    Further information regarding voting by emergency proxy, including the relevant application forms, can be found online here. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or email elections@stalbans.gov.uk

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    I can’t get to my polling station on the day of the election. Can I still vote?

     

    • If you are unable to attend your polling station to vote in person, you can apply for an absent vote. There are two types of absent vote: a postal vote, and a proxy vote.
    • A postal vote allows you to cast your vote via post. Postal ballot papers are usually sent out 1 to 2 weeks before an election, and must be completed and received by the elections office by 10pm on the day of the election. The deadline for completing an application form to enable you to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 19th April.

    Further information regarding postal voting, including the relevant application forms, can be found online at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk

    • A proxy vote allows you to nominate somebody that you trust to attend your polling station and cast your vote on your behalf. The deadline for completing an application form to enable you to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 26th April.

    Further information regarding proxy voting, including the relevant application forms, can be found online at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk

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    Where can I find the results of the elections?

    Once the results of the elections are declared, they will be published on our website. The results will also be displayed at the St Albans City and District Council Offices at the Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

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    Date of last review: 29 January 2016