The Election Process
The various stages and processes attached to an election are set in legislation and the Returning Officer has very little control or discretion to change these in anyway. The below is the election timetable that must be followed and sets out when you are expected to complete your various tasks as a candidate and what you can expect from us in administering the election.
Notice of Election - 18 March 2022
The notice of election formally starts the election process. Nomination papers can be delivered following the publication of this notice.
Delivery of Nomination Papers - 21 March 2022 until 4pm on 5 April 2022
Nominations to stand for election can be submitted.
Close / Withdrawal of Nomination - 4pm 5 April 2022
Nominations for election cannot be submitted, withdrawn or amended after this date/time. At this point we will know where an election will be held.
Deadline to appoint Election Agents - 4pm 5 April 2022
If standing for the County Council and appointing an election agent, this is the deadline to appoint someone to that role or you will become your own election agent by default.
Statement of Persons Nominated - 4pm 6 April 2022
This notice will display all the names of people standing for election.
Deadline for electors to register to vote - 14 April 2022
This is the last day electors can register on the electoral roll in order to be registered in time for the election and able to vote. Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote and will need their national insurance number and date of birth to complete the process.
Deadline for electors to request, cancel or change a postal vote - 5pm 19 April 2022
Voters who cannot attend a polling station to vote must request a postal vote no later than this deadline. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com
Postal Votes Dispatched - 20 or 21 April 2022
Any elector who has requested to vote by post will be issued there ballot paper on this day. Voters can expect to receive their postal vote in the days following this.
Deadline for electors to request a proxy vote - 5pm 26 April 2022
Voters who cannot attend a polling station or vote by post can appoint someone else to vote on their behalf no later than this deadline. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to appoint Counting and Polling Agents - 27 April 2022
Candidates are entitled to appoint agents to observe certain elements of the voting process for transparency. This is the deadline for giving notice to the Returning Officer of appointments for this election.
Postal Vote Openings - 26 April - 5 May 2022
Between this day and polling various postal vote opening sessions will be held to verify the validity of votes that are returned by post.
Polling Day - 5 May 2022
This is the day voters will attend polling stations to vote in the elections. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
Verification and Counting of the Votes - 6 May 2022
Start time to be confirmed
Deadline to submit Election Expenses - Town and Community Council - 6 June 2022
Each candidate standing for election is required to submit a set of election expense forms confirming that they did not exceed the spending limit as part of their campaign. These costs are not reimbursed.
Deadline to submit Election Expenses - County Council - 10 June 2022
Each candidates standing for election is required to submit a set of election expense forms confirming that they did not exceed the spending limit as part of their campaign. These costs are not reimbursed.