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Home > Features > Are you election ready? Here’s our quick guide…

Are you election ready? Here’s our quick guide…

Whether you want to vote or become a councillor, in this feature we provide some key dates, quick links and simple information you need to know for the upcoming local election.

This page has details for the District, Town and Parish Council Elections that take place on Thursday 2 May. For details of the 23 May European Elections, visit:

European Parliamentary Elections 2019

When do our local elections take place?

Our local elections for districts, towns and parishes will take place on 2 May 2019. These elections are held every four years.

We work together, but we’re not all one council. Here’s how you can make sense of the different types of councils:

District councils

These councils including Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils; focus on specific areas in the county. They are responsible for things such as waste collections, planning, communities, environmental protection and council housing.

Parish and town councils

These councils feed into the district councils, they focus on a much smaller area, for example a town or a village and really work to promote the specific priorities for these areas. They work closely with the district councils.

Use the buttons below to find out more about voting and the different elections.

Register to vote
District election
Parish election

 

Your Vote Matters – make sure you’re registered!

Make sure you don’t miss your chance to have your say. If you want to vote, you’ll need to register by 12 April 2019.

Register to vote here.

There are a few ways you can cast your vote when the time comes, you can find out more about the ways to vote on our website.

You must re-register if you’ve moved to a new house since your last registration.

Quick Q&A:

“If I’m a student can I vote in more than one area?”

Yes, if you’re home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas you can vote in both local elections – this doesn’t include general elections. You will need to be registered in both areas.

“Can I vote if I’m 16?”

No, but you can register to vote when you turn 16. You will be able to cast a vote when you turn 18.

“Is there help for me if I have a disability?”

Mencap have been working hard over the last few years, to make voting even more accessible to anyone with a disability and have great resources on their website.

Download their easy guide to voting in local elections

Read about their work on the Mencap website

 

District election

Notice of election

This tells you, the public there is going to be an election and when.

Who is standing?

You can find the Statement of Persons Nominated for each Council here:

Where can I vote?

The Notice of Poll includes the location of Polling Stations, and their opening hours (7am to 10pm on Thursday 2 May):

Election Agents

You can find the Notice of Election Agents for elections to each District Council here:

Counting Agents

The number of Counting Agents for each ward are available here:

Pre-election period

Formerly known as ‘purdah’ this is now referred to as moratorium. During this period, we, as a council, aren’t able to share statements or information which promote any one political party.

This year, moratorium begins on  26 March 2019 for district elections and lasts until the election votes have been counted and published on 3 May 2019.

Sound confusing, this should make it a bit clearer:

  • We can’t promote a party in any communications material (news, advertising, social media). For this reason, we may have to hide or remove comments of a political nature from our posts or remove the comment function all together during this period.
  • We can publish factual information about the election e.g. the names, wards and parties of candidates
  • We can promote non-political health, crime prevention, race relations, equality & diversity, community issues

Read the guidance on the Local Government Association's (LGA) website.

 

Parish & town election

Notice of election

This tells you, the public there is going to be an election and when.

Who is standing?

You can find the Statement of Persons Nominated for each Council here:

Where can I vote?

The Notice of Poll includes the location of Polling Stations, and their opening hours (7am to 10pm on Thursday 2 May):

Uncontested Elections

In a few cases, the number of persons nominated to be Parish Councillors were equal to the number of vacancies on the Parish Council. In these events no poll is necessary, and you can find the Notice of Uncontested Election here: