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!

And your prospective Councillors are…

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been quite vocal (here, here and here!) about encouraging you to vote in the upcoming Council elections.

But you may have been wondering “OK, but who am I voting for?”

It’s a good question!

Well today, we can finally announce the full list of candidates for all 62 County Council seats.

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!

Registering to vote – new video!

So we’ve been talking for ages here at Warksdemocracy about how important is to register to vote.

We’re holding County Council Elections in Warwickshire on 2nd May – and residents will have a chance to have their say and vote for who they think will best represent them.

This is all great – BUT if you’re not registered, you won’t be able to vote on 2nd May, and you’ll lose your voice.

Our News Team have made this great video about registering to vote – take a look!

Don’t forget you can register at aboutmyvote.co.uk. If you’ve got any questions you can drop us an email or find us on Twitter.

Want to vote? Get registered!

Voter registration form

We’re holding our County Council elections on 2nd May this year. This is when local residents get the chance to elect their County Councillor for the next four years.

Great!  But if you haven’t registered, you won’t be able to vote… and you’ll lose your voice.

You should have had a registration letter through the door, or a visit from the Council in October last year. If you missed this, you might not be on the electoral register.

But don’t worry; it’s not too late to get registered. Just go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and fill in your details. Make sure you do this before 5pm on Wednesday 17th April.

Why should I vote?

By voting on 2nd May, 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 use it, the person you want will have less chance of getting elected.

How do I vote?

You’ll receive a polling card at the end of April, 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.

So – if you’re not yet registered to vote – go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, and fill in your details. Then make sure you vote in the County Council elections on 2nd May.

Becoming a councillor

Do you want to influence how local decisions are made?

Could you devote spare time to help your local community?

Have you got the confidence to stand up and speak in public?

Are you a good listener, with the willingness to learn?

On 2nd May this year, residents across Warwickshire will be voting for their local County Councillor. Could you be one of them?

Councillors play a key role in deciding how things are done in Warwickshire – whether it’s caring for the elderly, educating young people, maintaining the road network or managing the library service.

No qualifications are needed. Just the drive to improve services in Warwickshire, and a desire to represent your local community.

As a Councillor, you’ll attend a variety of meetings on a range of issues – and you’ll be the local point of contact for residents with concerns.

You’ll receive an allowance for the time and expense incurred on Council business. And if you take on additional tasks, such as chairing a Committee, you could receive more.

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Once elected, our Democratic Services team will support you with information, advice and training to help you get to grips with the role – and answer any questions you have about the Council.

To stand for election, you need to be:
››18 or over
››A British citizen / EU citizen / qualifying Commonwealth citizen
››On the electoral register / Lived or worked in Warwickshire for 12 months

What next?
››Email us for an official nomination form
››Get it signed by 10 people who live in the ward you wish to represent
››Return the completed form by 12pm on Friday 5th April 2013

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