Election Results Declared

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So – all of the results have been declared in Warwickshire. You can see all of the results here. The current makeup of the Council is:

Conservatives: 26 seats

Labour: 22 seats

Liberal Democrats: 9 seats

Independent: 3 seats

Green Party: 2 seats

We’ve had a really busy morning at the five election counts – inputting all of the results in our brand-new, open-source, open-data elections results system. We’ve developed this in-house with our e-services team, who built this from scratch, effectively for free. We’re really, really pleased with the system – we’ve had some good feedback already, and would love to know what you guys think. drop us an email or tweet us @warksdemocracy.

It’s Thursday 2nd May – Vote today in the County Council Elections!

Morning folks. It’s an early start for all of the elections staff working in the County Council elections!

Polling stations will be open today all over the county, and you will have received a polling card through the post telling you where to vote.

Polling stations will be open from 7am -10pm – so there’s plenty of time to cast your vote. Just don’t forget!

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Add this to your to-do list: “Vote on Thursday”

Things are getting really busy here @warksdemocracy, so a short blog today.

Today’s message is simple. Don’t forget to vote on Thursday.

Add it to your to-do list. Stick a post-it note on the fridge. Put it on the calendar.

Vote here.As usual, if you’ve got any questions, or want any information, give us a shout on twitter, or at democraticservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

First-time Voter?

Here at Warksdemocracy we’re always keen to get more young people interested in local democracy, and playing an active role in their local community. We’ve blogged before about the great work that the Warwickshire VOX and MYPs do to encourage young people to take part in local democracy.

We want to encourage young people to use their vote in the County Council elections on 2nd May, and have thier say on what goes on in the County.

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To do this, we’ve sent out postcards to every first-time voter in Warwickshire (that is anyone who is registered to vote, and has turned 18 recently) to remind people about the importance of using their vote, and the opportunity to pick the candidate who they think will best represent them.

So – if you’ll be voting for the first time in May, keep a look out for some info from us. In the meantime, if you want to give us a call or drop us an email then feel free. At the least, you should all go and follow us on twitter, right now.

Your Election Candidates

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It’s only 10 days until people all over the Country will be voting in the County Council elections.

In Warwickshire, all 62 County Council seats are up for election, and over 250 local people have put themselves forward as election candidates.

You can visit our dedicated elections web page at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/elections  to find out who’s standing in your local area.

And then don’t forget to vote on 2nd May!

Don’t lose your voice. Register to Vote!

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Our County Council elections take place on 2nd May, and we want to make sure that as many people in Warwickshire use their vote, and have a say about what goes on in Warwickshire.

Registering is easy – but if you don’t do it in time you’ll lose your chance to vote. Simply fill in this online form, or contact your local Electoral Office:

North Warwickshire

T: 01827 719221 E: democraticservices@northwarks.gov.uk

Nuneaton & Bedworth

T: 02476 376230 E: electoralreg@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Rugby

T: 01788 533595 E: elections@rugby.gov.uk

Stratford on Avon

T: 01789 260208 E: elections@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Warwick

T: 01926 456107 E: elections@warwickdc.gov.uk

Remember, you only have until 17th April to register.

There’s still time, but do it now to make sure you can use your vote on 2nd May.

Voting by post and by proxy – explained!

postal voting instructions_1The local elections are happening on 2nd May this year. All 62 Council seats in Warwickshire are up for grabs. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm for you to cast your vote.

 But did you know there are also other ways to vote?

First things first

The first step to voting on 2nd May is to make sure you’re registered. If you’re not sure, get in touch with your local electoral office who will be able to help you.

If you know you need to register, you can do so quickly and easily here – don’t delay, the deadline is 17 April!

Once registered, you’ll be sent a polling card just before the election telling you where to go on the day.

 What if I can’t get to a polling station?

If you can’t vote in person on 2nd May – maybe because you’re away that day, or you have trouble getting around – there are alternatives. Let’s explain…

Postal Voting

A large number of people in Warwickshire choose to cast their vote by post. It means that you’ll be sent your ballot paper and a return envelope about a week before the election, which you can fill in and post back. It really is that simple.

If you want to register for postal voting, contact your local electoral office or do it online.

Proxy Voting

If you can’t vote in person, or won’t be at home to fill in a postal vote, another option is proxy voting. This means you can choose someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

If you want to vote this way, you can apply here.

 

Are these options right for me?

Some older people choose to vote by post, as they might have difficulties getting to a polling station in person.

A lot of people who are in the Armed Forces overseas choose to vote by proxy, as they won’t be in the UK to vote in person, or be at home to fill in a postal vote.

You don’t need a special reason to vote by post or by proxy – you can choose whatever method is easiest for you.

If you’ve got a question, or would like any of the options above explained, you can drop me an email at martynharris@warwickshire.gov.uk, or comment below. We’re always happy to talk about democracy!

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