Elections 2 May 2019

Elmbridge Borough Council and Claygate Parish Council elections on Thursday 2 May 2019

Elmbridge Borough Council has a total of 48 councillors, 16 of which are being elected on 2 May. One councillor will be elected in each ward.

Voters in the Claygate Parish will also have the chance to elect 10 parish councillors. 

Mencap easy read guide to voting in the local elections

Key dates for 2 May elections

 
 Nomination papers available  Monday 4 March
Notice of election - Elmbridge Borough Council
Notice of election - Claygate Parish
Friday 22 March
 Delivery of nomination papers   Between 9am on Monday 25 March and 4pm on Wednesday 3 April
 Statement of persons nominated By 4pm on Thursday 4 April
 Registration deadline   Midnight on Friday 12 April
 Postal voting deadline   5pm on Monday 15 April
 Proxy voting deadline   5pm on Wednesday 24 April
 Notice of poll By Wednesday 24 April
 First day to replace lost postal votes   Friday 26 April
 Polling day   7am to 10pm on Thursday 2 May
 Counting of votes  From 9.30am on Friday 3 May

Official notices

Elmbridge Borough Council

Claygate Parish

Candidates and agents

How to stand as a candidate

How to find out more information about the candidates

Candidate names, the parties they are standing on behalf of and any independent candidates are published above under 'Official notices'.

We do not publish information about the candidates' campaigns. Candidates and/or political parties may publish their own literature, including online at Who Can I Vote For? The local and national media may also provide information.

Register to vote

The deadline to register is midnight on Friday 12 April.

You can register to vote online or contact Electoral Services to request a paper form.

To vote on 2 May you must be registered to vote.  If you are unsure whether you are registered contact Electoral Services.

Every registered voter will be sent a poll card in late March with information about the election including your polling station. If you have not received a poll card, or you have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote.

Who can vote

To vote at these elections, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen. Your name must appear on the Register of Electors before you can vote.   

Different ways to vote

There are three ways to vote. You can vote by post, by using a proxy voter or in person at a polling station.

Voting by post

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Voters with existing postal voting applications in place will be sent a postal poll card with information about the election.

Apply to vote by post - print a copy of the application form, complete it and return it by one of the following methods:

  • scan or photograph and email to electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk

  • return by post

  • hand in to the Civic Centre in Esher before the deadline

  • if you are unable to print the form, please contact Electoral Services for a paper version. 

If you already have a postal or postal proxy vote and wish to cancel it or change any of the details, you must notify us before 5pm on Monday 15 April by email electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk 

When do I receive my postal vote?

  • If you applied before 12 March, your postal vote will be sent around 11 April by first class mail.

  • If you applied between 13 March and 5pm on 15 April, your postal vote will be sent around 17 April by first class mail.

  • If you have not received your postal vote by Friday 26 April, please email electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk

How to complete your postal vote?

When you receive your postal vote, read the instructions carefully.  Your postal vote includes the ballot paper and a postal voting statement.  Complete both of these and return them straight away.  Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 2 May. If you miss the post you can hand your completed postal vote into any polling station in your ward or the Civic Centre in Esher.

If you want to cancel your postal vote and vote by proxy or in person, you must notify Electoral Services before 5pm on Monday 15 April.

Voters for the Claygate Parish Council election must either return their vote by post, hand it into the Claygate Village Hall polling station or the Civic Centre in Esher.

If you need help to vote, you can ask someone you know or get independent help by contacting Electoral Services.

If you lose your postal vote or make a mistake, contact Electoral Services straight away and a replacement can be issued before 5pm on Thursday 2 May.

Voting by proxy

If you cannot go to the polling station you can apply to vote by proxy. This means appointing someone else to vote on your behalf at your polling station. 

  • Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

  • If your appointed proxy is unable to attend your polling station they can apply to vote by post as a proxy using the postal proxy application form before 5pm on Monday 15 April.   

Apply to vote by proxy - print a copy of the application form, complete it and return by one of the following methods:

  • scan or photograph and email to electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk

  • return by post

  • hand into the Civic Centre in Esher before the deadline

  • if you are unable to print the form, please contact Electoral Services for a paper version.

If after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April you have a medical emergency or cannot go to the polling station because of your occupation, service or employment, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (see vote by proxy) where someone else can vote on your behalf. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 2 May.

Voting in person at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you with further information about the election, including a map of your polling station. Please check where your polling station is located as it may have changed since you last voted.

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 2 May.

Changes to polling stations for 2 May

  • The polling place for Hersham Village (South), previously located at Hersham Village Hall, has been changed.  The new polling place is at All Saints Roman Catholic Church Hall, 13 Queens Road, Hersham KT12 5LU.  This is a permanent change following a Review of Polling District and Polling Places.

  • The polling place for Oatlands and Burwood Park (East) and Weybridge St George's Hill (East), previously located The Conservatory, Whiteley Village Hall, has been changed.  The new polling place is at St Mark's Church, North Avenue, Hersham, KT12 4DW.  This is a temporary change for 2 May only because The Conservatory is unavailable on this date.

How to vote  

Always read the instructions on how to complete the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before. The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name and party logo (if any).

You are able to vote for one candidate at the Elmbridge Borough Council elections. Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidate that you wish to vote for.

Voters in the parish of Claygate are able to vote for up to ten candidates at the Claygate Parish Council election.  Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidates that you wish to vote for.

More information is available at Your Vote Matters

Who is elected

Candidates are standing to seek election as a Borough Councillor for one of 16 wards in Elmbridge Borough Council.  The candidate with the most votes is elected using the first past the post system.

In Claygate Parish, candidates are standing to seek election as a Parish Councillor for Claygate Parish Council.

The term of office for elected councillors is 4 years.

Results

The local election count commences at 9.30am on Friday 3 May. The results are expected by mid-afternoon and will be publicised at Election Results.  Press and candidates may confirm details of the count venue by contacting Electoral Services directly.

Any press enquiries should be directed to communications@elmbridge.gov.uk.  

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