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Key Dates Published for Local Elections

Date Published: 07 March 2019
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Important information, including key dates and deadlines, has been made available for voters and prospective candidates in advance of May’s local government elections, which are now just two months away.

Elections for Rutland County Council, together with local town and parish councils, are due to take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Details of important dates and deadlines for the elections, as well as information about polling stations and how to register to vote has been made available on our dedicated Elections 2019 page.

“May’s local government elections could see all of Rutland’s county, town and parish council seats contested, as people vote for who they want to represent them over the next four years. There are a number of important dates to be aware of in the run-up to the elections, not least the deadline for registering to vote, if you haven’t already done so. Rutland County Council’s elections team will be on-hand to help voters and prospective candidates right up to Polling Day, with lots of useful information and guidance now available in a single location on our website.”
Helen Briggs, Returning Officer for Rutland

Anyone who is not registered to vote but wants to take part in May’s local elections must register before 12 April 2019 and can do this on the national GOV.UK website

The deadline for submitting new applications to vote by post and postal proxy, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes, is Monday 15 April 2019.

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Where elections are contested (there are more candidates standing than there are seats available), voting will take place from 7.00am until 10.00pm on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Votes cast in the elections will then be counted at Victoria Hall in Oakham on Friday 3 May (the day after Polling Day). Depending on the number of contested seats, which could be as high as 263, the count for town and parish councils may continue into Saturday 4 May, at the Council Chamber.

For anyone hoping to stand as a prospective county, town or parish councillor in the local elections, nomination packs must be completed and returned to Rutland County Council before 4.00pm on 3 April 2019

To ask about obtaining a nomination pack, please contact Rutland County Council’s elections team by emailing: elections@rutland.gov.uk.

A special briefing for candidates and agents will also take place at Rutland County Council’s offices on Wednesday 13 March 2019, starting at 6.30pm.

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