May 2 council elections
Boston Borough Council elections take place on Thursday, May 2, this year.
Been waiting to hear who might be standing for election on May 2 in your area? Below is the full list of candidates for all Boston Borough Council wards and parish elections in Boston borough.
01205 314220 01205 314221
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Notice of Review of Polling Districts
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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 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.
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