Borough and Parish Elections – 2 May 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council Elections

Elections will be taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019 to elect the Borough Councillors for Surrey Heath.

Notice of Election – Surrey Heath Borough Council

Notice of Election – Bisley Parish Council

Notice of Election – Chobham Parish Council

Notice of Election – West End Parish Council

Notice of Election – Windlesham Parish Council

Notice of Referendum - Windlesham

Surrey Heath is divided into 14 wards, with the following number of councillors representing each ward:

Bagshot 3 Bisley & West End 3
Frimley 2 Frimley Green 3
Heatherside 3 Lightwater  3
Mytchett & Deepcut 3 Old Dean 2
Parkside 2 St Michael's 2
St Paul's 2 Town 2
Watchetts                      2 Windlesham & Chobham 3

A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Windlesham is also taking place on 2 May 2019.

Further information can be found here https://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/windlesham-neighbourhood-plan

 

Parish Council Elections

Elections will also be taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019 to elect Parish Councillors for the 4 Parish Councils in the borough. The number of councillors to be elected in the parish area is as follows:

Bisley Parish Council  7
Chobham Parish Council 9
West End Parish Council 7
Windlesham Parish Council  Bagshot Parish Ward 8
Lightwater Parish Ward 7
Windlesham Parish Ward 3

 

Boundary changes

There have been changes to Borough boundary wards since the last elections. You can see maps of the new borough wards here.

 

Key Dates and Deadlines

Key dates for this election are as follows:

Notice of Election (nominations open) Thursday, 21 March 2019
Deadline for nominations 4pm - Wednesday 3 April 2019
Publication of statement of persons nominated (Not later than) 4pm Thursday 4 April
Registering to Vote Midnight - Friday 12 April 2019
Applying for a Postal Vote 5pm - Monday, 15 April 2019
Cancelling or changing Postal or Proxy Votes 5pm - Monday, 15 April 2019
Applying for a Proxy Vote 5pm - Wednesday, 24 April 2019
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Friday 26 April 2019
Polling day 7am to 10pm - Thursday 2 May 2019
Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm - Thursday 2 May 2019
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm - Thursday 2 May 2019
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal 9pm - Thursday, 2 May 2019

 

Registration

If you have not registered or have moved recently you will need to register prior to the election. The deadline to register is Friday, 12 April 2019. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

How you can vote

You can vote person at the polling station, by post or by proxy.

 

Voting in person at a polling station

Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. Details of your polling station can be found on your poll card. Please check where your polling station is located as this may have changed since you last voted.

You do not need your Poll Card to vote but it saves time at the polling station if you take with you to vote.

Some neighbouring boroughs are running ID pilots, meaning voters need to produce ID at the polling station before being issued with their ballot paper - this is not happening in Surrey Heath so you will not need to take ID to your polling station.

 

Postal voting

You can apply for a postal vote at any time until 5pm on Monday, 15 April 2019. You can download applications to vote by post from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

The deadline for making changes to or cancelling existing arrangements is also 5pm on Monday, 15 April 2019.

Postal Votes are sent out in batches.

Postal voting packs for anyone who has applied, and we have received the form, by 5pm on 3 April 2019 will be dispatched around 10 April 2019 by 1st class post. Postal packs for applications received after this date will be sent out around 23 April 2019 so please ensure you apply as early as possible.

Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on 2 May 2019. You can hand your completed postal vote into the Council Offices or at any polling station in the ward.

 

Proxy voting

You can apply for a proxy vote, where someone votes on your behalf at your polling station until 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2019. Your proxy needs to be registered to vote and eligible to vote at the elections on 2 May 2019. You can download applications to vote by proxy from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

If you appoint a proxy, you are still entitled vote yourself at your polling station provided that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf or arranged a postal vote.