All Systems Go for the Parliamentary Election
Following the dissolution of Parliament, and receipt of the official writ, Nigel Adams, Acting Returning Officer for The Cotswold Constituency, has now published the Notice of Election for the Parliamentary Election to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019. This Notice signals the beginning of the formal election process, the first part of which is the nomination period.
Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate in the election must submit nomination papers to the District Council’s Elections Team, at the Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm from Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November 2019. Completed papers must be submitted by hand. The deadline of 4 pm on Thursday 14 November is statutory and cannot be changed.
The Notice of Election and a nomination paper pack can be viewed and downloaded at /about-the-council/elections/current-future-elections/. A nomination pack can also be requested from the Elections Team, either by phone on 01285 623002 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poll cards will be posted out on Monday 11 November to residents who are registered to vote. Residents are urged to look out for their poll card in the mail, and to get in touch with the Elections Team if any of their details have changed.
Residents are also reminded that the deadline for new applications to vote by post at this election is 5 pm on Tuesday 26 November (which is also the deadline to make any changes to existing postal or proxy vote arrangements that they have in place); and the deadline for new applications to vote by proxy at this election is 5 pm on 4 December.
Sarah Dalby, Electoral Services Manager for Cotswold District Council, explains:
“It’s always important to check the details on your poll card and make sure that they are correct. It is very easy to update the information if you need to make any changes - you can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call our team on 01285 623002.
“I would also remind those who are not yet registered to vote that they have until midnight on Tuesday 26 November to sign up at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - or call 01285 623002 - to ensure that they can vote in the election on 12 December.
“People sometimes think they can register for a postal or proxy vote just before an election, but we need sufficient time to process new requests, and that is why specific deadlines are set – and which cannot be extended.
“Electors may also wish to consider whether, given the uncertainty of the weather at what is an unusual election time, they apply for a postal vote for this election.”