#ThrowBackThursday – County Council Elections 2017

It doesn’t seem possible but it is 6 months since the Warwickshire County Council Elections. The number of Councillors reduced to 57 from 62 following a boundary review and the results saw 21 new Councillors join Warwickshire County Council.

We asked new and returning Councillors to let us know how they were feeling 6 months in.

Councillor John Holland was re-elected and has enjoyed watching plans he made before the election being put into practice and move forward.

Councillor Judy Falp is one of the new, independent members of the Council and says –

“What an interesting six months. Many new faces to get to know, lots of training opportunities and my first over five hours meeting! I am pleased with the results I have been able to achieve for the residents of my division. I am yet to make my maiden speech at full council but I am almost certain that will soon be rectified. Thanks to many for making me feel welcome but especially democratic services for all their help.”

The Democratic Services team has enjoyed working with new and returning members and is looking forward to what the next 6 months brings.

Helen

First time voters – County Council Elections 4 May 2017

If you were born 3rd May 1994 you just missed out on being able to vote in the County Council Elections in 2013.

  • You just missed out on having the opportunity to make a difference in your local area.
  • You just missed out on being able to make your voice count on matters that are important to you.
  • You just missed out on taking part in a vote that makes a real difference.

But this year, if you are registered to vote, you won’t miss out again

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Contact helenbarnsley@warwickshire.gov.uk for more information

Contact for Electoral Offices – District & Borough Councils – Warwickshire County Council – Elections May 4th 2017

North Warwickshire Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
The Council House
South Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1DE
01827 719221
elections@northwarks.gov.uk
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Town Hall
Coton Road
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV11 5AA
024 7637 6376
electoralreg@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk
Rugby Borough Council
Electoral Registration OfficerTown Hall
Evreux Way
Rugby
CV21 2RR
01788 533595
elections@rugby.gov.uk
Warwick District Council

Electoral Registration Officer
Riverside House
Milverton Hill
Royal Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5HZ

01926 456105
elections@warwickdc.gov.uk
Stratford on Avon District Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Elizabeth House
Church Street
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6HX
01789 260208
elections@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Working at the Election May 2017.

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Are you registered to vote?
If you are then would you like the opportunity to earn some extra money?

If you have ever voted in an election you will have come across the staff that help throughout the whole day – have you ever considered working at a Polling Station as a Poll Clerk?

Poll Clerks help the Presiding Officer set up polling booths: check and mark each person as they vote; stamp and issue ballot papers to voters, making sure they bear the official mark; ensure that voters cast their votes in secret; answer any questions in a friendly and professional way; show people how to vote; and maintain the secrecy and security of the ballot.

It is a long day, usually from 6.30am until at least 10pm when the voting finishes but you could earn at least £100.  It is worth noting that after two or three years’ experience as a poll clerk you can then apply to be a Presiding Officer which means more money.

Don’t leave it until a week before the election to apply to your local Elections and Registration Office, the positions will probably already be filled.  Give them a call or send an email telling them you are interested.  A training session is offered before Election Day.

If you would like more information please contact Helen at Democratic Services, Warwickshire County Council.

helenbarnsley@warwickshire.gov.uk
01926 412323

Do you want to vote?

 

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Why Should I Vote?

By voting on May 4th 2017, you get to have a say about what goes on in Warwickshire, who makes decisions on your behalf and who will represent your views throughout the County.

Councillors are elected to represent local residents – and you can vote for the person who you think will represent you the best.

Every vote counts so if you don’t vote then the person you want will have less chance of getting elected.  Someone will be elected whether you vote or not.  By registering to vote you can give your voice to the process.

How do I vote?

You’ll receive a polling card which will tell you where to go on Election Day. Take the card along to your polling station any time between 7am -10pm to cast your vote.

BUT

If you don’t register, you can’t vote.

If you’re not yet registered to vote go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  and fill in your details.

Make sure you do this before 5pm on Thursday 13th April 2017

 

If you don’t register then you won’t be able to vote 

 

What do you think of when you hear the word politics? What does Warwickshire County Council actually do for you?

Everyone seems to be asking you to vote for something – whether it’s which celebrity you want to see eat a witchety grub in the Australian Jungle or making sure Ed Balls jives his way to Blackpool.

But, if by the 4th May 2017, you are 18 years old, you can finally take part in a vote that makes a real difference.

Every issue that you care about is political.

By voting in the County Council Elections next May you can help make a change for the issues that matter.  County Councillors play a key role in the running of

– Schools

– Youth Centres

– Libraries

– Transport

And they can help tackle issues such as Bullying, Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Unemployment.

Councillors represent the area you live in; they help in the decision making process that may directly affect you.

Councillors also review Council policy and scrutinise decisions that have been made by the Executive or Cabinet.

Your vote is your voice.  Be the Change Maker for your local area and help influence the decisions that will affect you.

What does a Councillor Do?

We recently asked if residents understood the role of a councillor; so we have put together some brief information about councillors.

In May 2017 you will have the opportunity to vote for new County Councillors who are responsible for services across the whole county, like:

– education
– transport
– planning
– fire and public safety
– social care
– libraries
– waste management
– trading standards

County Councillors have a very important role, playing a key role in how things are done in Warwickshire. The five main areas are listed below –

1) They represent their local community
2) They are involved in the decision making process
3) They develop and review Council policies
4) They scrutinise Council decisions
5) They take part in community leadership and engagement

If you would like more information please contact Democratic Services via our twitter account or email democraticservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

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