The local elections will soon be here - Thursday 2 May 2019

Release date: 15 March 2019

Elections to the 34 seats on Cotswold District Council, and every seat on all Parish and Town Councils in the District, will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.  Polling stations will be open from 7.00 am until 10.00 pm.

Copies of the Notice of Election for both the District and Parish and Town Councils are now available on our website, and can also be seen at the District Council Offices in Cirencester, and in each Parish.

The counting of votes will take place at Cotswold Leisure Centre, Tetbury Road, Cirencester on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May.

Ever thought of being a candidate?

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, Glos, GL7 1PX by 4.00 PM ON WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL 2019.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is statutory and cannot be changed.  We therefore suggest that, wherever possible, candidates should deliver 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 the Council’s Elections Team, or from the Council’s website.

Information for Voters

In order to be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register.

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at these elections, we must receive your application to register by midnight on Friday 12 April 2019.  You can register online at or contact the Elections Team for a paper form.

Remember: if you are not registered, you can't vote!

Poll cards will be sent out to all registered electors on 26 March 2019 

Can’t Make it to the Polling Station on Polling Day?  Then Choose Postal or Proxy Voting

It's very easy to apply for a postal vote.  You can have a postal vote for one election, or you may prefer to have a permanent postal vote - it's your choice.

If you want to apply to vote by post at the elections on 2 May, then we must receive your completed form by 5.00 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.

We will issue postal vote packs by first class post, but in two phases - for existing postal voters, and any new postal voters whose applications are received by 9 April, there will be a mail-out on 13 April.  All other packs will be issued no later than 20 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.

If you want to apply to vote by proxy at the elections on 2 May, we must receive your completed form by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 24 April.

If, however, you want to make changes to your existing proxy voting arrangements, then we must receive your completed application by 5.00 pm 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    



Other Useful Web-sites

Further information about elections can be found at the following web-sites -


Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road