How to Stand For Election Or Vote On Thursday 2 May 2019

Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. There are 34 councillors to be elected across 32 wards. Elections for all Parish and Town Councils across the District will also take place on the same day, with more than 600 seats to be decided – including Upper Rissington.

Ever thought of being a candidate?

The election process begins with the publication of Notices of Election on 18 March for the District, Parish and Town Councils.

To be a candidate at any of these elections, you must deliver completed nomination papers and supporting documents by hand to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is statutory and cannot be changed. We suggest that, wherever possible, candidates submit nominations a few days before the closing date. To ensure that a nomination is valid, the Elections Team can check the details informally before accepting the papers.

Nomination Packs, and further information about being a candidate, are available from our website on Cotswold District Council’s Current & Future Elections page or contact the Elections Team. The complete Elections Timetable is also available online.

Cotswold District Council will also be holding two drop-in sessions for prospective candidates/councillors, where people can find out more about what is involved. These will take place as follows:-

  • Thursday 7 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh;
  • Tuesday 12 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.

It is hoped that representatives of Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) will also attend these sessions.

Information for Voters

To be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register. If you are not sure whether you are on the register, or if you have moved house recently, then take a few minutes to check, and make sure nothing stops you from having your say on election day. Contact the Elections Team to check if you are registered, email elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at these elections, your application/registration must be received by Friday 12 April 2019. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Can’t make it to the Polling Station on Polling Day?

If you are unable to attend the polling station in person, then you can choose to vote by post or by proxy.

To vote by post on 2 May, you will need to complete an application form and return it to CDC by 5 pm on Monday 15 April. The same deadline applies if you want to make changes to an existing postal vote arrangement in time for the 2 May elections. Postal votes will be issued no later than 17 April.

Proxy voting is an option if you can’t vote in person and do not want a postal vote – under this arrangement, you appoint someone you trust to vote for you at your polling station. If you want to apply to vote by proxy at the elections on 2 May, then your completed form must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. If, however, you want to make changes to your existing proxy voting arrangements, then send your completed application by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

Useful Contact Details
The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process. Contact details are as follows:-
Telephone Helpline: 01285 623002
E-mail: elections@cotswold.gov.uk
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk

More Information
www.electoralcommission.org.uk
www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Information from Cotswold District Council, 24 Feb 2019.