Elections

 

Borough elections are held every four years, the next scheduled borough election is May 2023.

How do I register to vote?

Why register to vote? Being on the electoral register means that you can vote in the next election or referendum.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS – MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN

The biggest change in electoral registration in 100 years was introduced on 10 June 2014 which makes everyone responsible for registering themselves. This new method of registration is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and its aims are to have an accurate and complete electoral register and combat electoral fraud.

Some key points of the change mean that:-

People can register on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

People will need to register individually – in the past forms were sent to the property and any of the occupiers could register those persons living at the address

Most people who were registered to vote in 2014 were automatically transferred on to the new register.  Persons automatically transferred onto the new register received a letter of confirmation.

Individuals who have to register will need to provide some more details to register including national insurance number and date of birth

If you are aware of any person in your household who might not be registered then they can contact the Council and obtain an application form or go on-line at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

Further information can be obtained from the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk or by contacting the Electoral Services Office at Boston Borough Council on 01205 314220 / 314221 or via e-mail Elreg@boston.gov.uk

Elections

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Review of Polling Districts

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Notice of Review of Polling Districts

and Polling Places

Public Notices

BOSTON AND SKEGNESS CONSTITUENCY

A general election is to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.  Polling stations across the Boston and Skegness Constituency will open at 7am and close at 10pm to elect a Member of Parliament.

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS

Eligibility to vote
You can only vote if your name is on the Register of Electors and you are eligible to vote in Parliamentary Elections.

Poll Cards
These will be sent to all registered electors around 14 November.  If you do not receive a poll card and are unsure whether you are registered, contact us on 01205 314220 / 314221

Register to Vote
Applications to register to vote at the General Election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

If you are already registered to vote, there is no need to register again for this election.  

If you have not registered or recently moved into the district, then the easiest way to register is online at Gov.uk – Opens in a new window.

Postal and Proxy Voting
If you are unable to vote at your polling station on polling day you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy (appointing someone else to vote at the polling station for you).

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or to change/cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Applications forms can be downloaded from the electoral commission website

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

Postal and proxy vote applications cannot be submitted online and must be signed and returned to the Electoral Registration Officer, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR and be received by the deadlines above. Scanned copies of application forms can be returned by email to elreg@boston.gov.uk

If you are unlikely to be able to vote in person on polling day, make sure you get your application to us as early as possible. 

Applications to vote by emergency proxy* occurring after 5pm Wednesday 4 December must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.

*The emergency can only be on the grounds of grounds of physical/medical incapacity or for work/service reasons.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES AND AGENTS

Becoming a Candidate
If you intend to stand as a candidate you must complete a nomination paper, consent to nomination and any other relevant forms contained in the candidate’s nomination pack.  

Anyone considering standing as a candidate is strongly advised to read guidance and information provided by the Electoral Commission

Candidates and agents requiring further information, please email elreg@boston.gov.uk or call the Democratic Services Manager on 01205 314224

Nomination Papers
A nomination pack will be available from Electoral Services or can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

The period for the delivery of nomination papers is from Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November, between the hours of 10am to 4pm each day.  The deadline to submit nomination papers is 4pm Thursday 14 November 2019.

The nomination form, consent to nomination and home address form must be delivered by hand and cannot be submitted by post, fax or other electronic means.

In addition, the nomination and home address form may only be delivered by:

  • The candidate; or
  • The proposer or seconder; or
  • The election agent (if the appointment has previously been received by the Acting Returning Officer).

Parliamentary Deposit

The nomination forms at a Parliamentary election must also be accompanied with a deposit of £500.  The deposit can be made in the following formats:

  • Cash (British pounds only)
  • UK Banker’s Draft

It would be helpful if anyone wishing to submit nomination papers could make an appointment. 

Appointments can be made by calling the Democratic Services Manager on 01205 314224 or e-mail lorraine.bush@boston.gov.uk

Notices

  • The Notice of Election publicises the election and gives the date in which prospective candidates must submit a nomination paper and consent to nomination. This is expected to be published on Friday 8 November 2019.
  • The Statement of Persons Nominated including the situations of polling stations and Notice of Poll.
  • The Notice of Election Agents is now published.


OTHER INFORMATION
Elections timetable

  • Dissolution of Parliament – Wednesday 6 November
  • Receipt of Writ – Thursday 7 November
  • Publication of Notice of Election – Friday 8 November
  • Delivery of nominations/consents to nomination – Monday 11 to Thursday 14 November (10am to 4pm)
  • Last day for withdrawal of candidature – Thursday 14 November, 4pm
  • Last day to appoint election agents – Thursday 14 November, 4pm
  • Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated – Thursday 14 November, 5pm
  • Last day for receipt of applications to register to vote – Wednesday 26 November, midnight
  • Last day for receipt of new postal vote applications – Wednesday 26 November, 5pm
  • last day to change existing absent vote arrangements– Wednesday 26 November, 5pm
  • Last day for receipt of new proxy vote applications – Wednesday 4 December, 5pm
  • Last day to appoint polling and counting agents – Wednesday 4 December, midnight
  • First day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers (lost or not received) – Friday 6 December
  • Polling day – Thursday 12 December, 7am to 10pm
  • Last day for receipt of emergency proxy vote applications – Thursday 12 December, 5pm
  • Last day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers – Thursday 12 December 5pm
  • Clerical error deadline – Thursday 12 December, 9pm

 

Results for the European Parliamentary Election 2019 Boston area are:
Change UK – Independent Group: 296
Conservative and Unionist Party: 1757
Green Party: 717
Independent Network: 97
Labour Party: 933
Liberal Democrats: 1049
The Brexit Party: 7544
UK Independence Party (UKIP): 996
Rood, Simon Louis: 61
Spoilt papers: 90
Please note this is a local result only and not the final East Midlands MEP result.

Local Result Declaration 2019 – Boston Borough Council

European Parliamentary Election – Notice of Election  

European Parliamentary Election – Situation of Polling Stations 

European Parliamentary Election – Statement of Parties and Individual Candidates Nominated and Notice of Poll

European Parliamentary Election – Notice of Election Agents

Conservatives retained control of Boston Borough Council at Thursday nights’ election count.  They gained 16 seats from the 30 on offer – the same number as the previous administration held.  Independents gained 11 seats, UKIP 1, Labour 1 and Labour and Co-operative Party 1. The overall turnout was 27.34%.  For full results see DECLARATION OF RESULTS

Notice of Election Agents – Borough

Notice of Uncontested Election – Parishes

Statement of Persons Nominated – Borough Wards

Statement of Persons Nominated – All Parishes

Candidates and Agents Privacy Notice 

Notice of Poll – All Wards

Why register to vote? Being on the electoral register means that you can vote in the next election or referendum.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS

MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN

The biggest change in electoral registration in 100 years was introduced on 10 June 2014 which makes everyone responsible for registering themselves. This new method of registration is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and its aims are to have an accurate and complete electoral register and combat electoral fraud.

Some key points of the change mean that:-

People can register on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

People will need to register individually – in the past forms were sent to the property and any of the occupiers could register those persons living at the address

Most people who were registered to vote in 2014 were automatically transferred on to the new register.  Persons automatically transferred onto the new register received a letter of confirmation.

Individuals who have to register will need to provide some more details to register including national insurance number and date of birth

If you are aware of any person in your household who might not be registered then they can contact the Council and obtain an application form or go on-line at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

Further information can be obtained from the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk or by contacting the Electoral Services Office at Boston Borough Council on 01205 314220 / 314221 or via e-mail Elreg@boston.gov.uk

The electoral register is a list of everyone who is registered to vote.

You can only vote at elections if you are on the electoral register.  You are not automatically registered to vote just because you pay council tax or are registered for any other council service.

Boston Borough Council compiles the register of electors.  This is a list of names and addresses of people who are registered to vote in elections.  The list is updated throughout the year and is re-published on 1 December each year.  Anyone whose name is not on the register cannot vote at any elections.

Who can register?

People who can register include:

• Anyone who is 18 years of age or over and is a British citizen, Irish or Commonwealth citizen (who are entitled to vote at any election)
• A European Union citizen (who are only entitled to vote at local elections or European Parliamentary elections, subject to the completion of a further form)

Electoral registration officers also ask for 16 and 17 year olds to be registered as it is possible that they will become 18 during the life of the next register.  If this is the case, their names will appear on the register showing the date on which they will become 18.  If an election is called on or after that date, that person will be eligible to vote.

The electoral registration officer is required to make and keep two versions of the electoral register – the full register and the edited register.

The full register

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote.  Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes.  These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for.  The full list of people able to see it and for what purpose is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.  It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or use it for any other purpose.

The open register

The open register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register. This version of the register than can be bought by any individual or organisation who wishes to purchase it, and they can use it for any purpose.

You may choose to opt out of the open register.  The registration forms have the facility of ‘opting out’ of the open version of the register.  That means that the elector’s name will only appear in the full register which has restricted access described above.

Viewing the electoral register

The full version of the current register is available for public inspection.  However, the Representation of the People Regulations 2006 state that this inspection must take place under supervision and no copies may be taken either by photocopying, camera or downloading to a memory stick.  However, handwritten notes may be made, but cannot be used for marketing purposes.  The register can be inspected at the Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, during normal office hours Monday to Friday.

Anyone wishing to make an extended inspection should telephone 01205 314220/ 314221 to make appropriate arrangements.

The revised version of the full Register of Electors for the Boston Borough Council has been published and is available for inspection.  Please see the pdf file below for notice of the next version to be published.

If you can’t get to your polling station on election day, you don’t have to miss your chance to vote.

Postal voting

Postal votes are available to anyone who wants one provided they are on the electoral register.  You may set one up on a permanent basis or one temporarily for a specific election or for a set period of time (e.g. while a student is away at university).

You can apply for a postal vote at anytime you do not have to wait for an election to be held.  Completed application forms for postal votes must reach our office by no later than 5 p.m. on the eleventh working day before an election.

A postal vote can be sent to the voter’s home address or to an address where he/she is resident at the time of the election. However, for security reasons, existing postal voters must give a reason if they ask for their postal votes to be re-directed.

When an election is being held you will receive a postal voting pack containing a statement form and a ballot paper.  You must complete the statement by providing your date of birth and signature.  These will be compared with the date of birth and signature provided on your application form to ensure the correct person has voted. Please use this link to watch an instructional video on You Tube demonstrating how to complete a postal vote.

Please note that once you have been sent a postal ballot paper you will not be able to vote in person.

Proxy Voting

A ‘proxy’ is someone who is appointed by you to vote on your behalf at an election, so to vote by proxy you must find someone who is willing to attend your polling station and cast your vote for you.

There are two types of proxy voting:

Permanent proxy voting is only available to registered electors on the grounds of health, employment or full time education commitments.  Please contact electoral services to request a copy of the appropriate application form.  This form may need to be supported by a suitably qualified person, in accordance with the notes printed on the form.

Temporary proxy voting is available to any registered elector for any reason.  Applications are made for a specific election and do not need to be supported by anyone.  Please contact electoral services to request a copy of the appropriate application form.

A proxy must be at least 18 years old and not disqualified to vote in his or her own right.  No one may act as a proxy for more than two people at the same election, unless he or she is the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the voter.

If you appoint a proxy and then have a change of plans you may still vote in person at your polling station – providing you do so before the proxy has voted on your behalf.

To apply for a postal or proxy vote download the appropriate application form from those in the box below or contact electoral services on 01205 314220 / 314221