Elections

Elections

Elections

Welcome to our elections pages.


Forthcoming Elections

Elections 2014


The following elections are due to take place on Thursday 22 May 2014:


European Parliamentary Elections

The Stroud District forms part of the South West European Electoral Region and will elect 6 MEPs in total for the region.

District & Parish Elections

The date of these elections has been moved from the first Thursday in May to Thursday 22 May to run alongside the European elections. 

The Council retires a third of its seats each year, and we will have elections in the following wards in 2014:

Election Timetable
The following timetable details key dates:

DISTRICTS - 18

Area Vacant Seats
Berkeley 1
Bisley 1
Cainscross 1
Cam East 1
Cam West 1
Central (By-election) 1
Chalford 1
Coaley and Uley 1
Dursley 1
Hardwicke 1
Nailsworth 1
Painswick 1
Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe 1
Severn 1
Stonehouse 1
The Stanleys 1
Vale 1
Wotton-Under-Edge 1

The parishes that also have scheduled elections this year are:

PARISHES - 29

Area Vacant Seats
Alkington 7
Arlingham 7
Berkeley 9
Bisley (Bisley Ward) 4
Bisley (Eastcombe Ward) 4
Bisley (Oakridge Ward) 4
Chalford (Bussage Ward) 7
Chalford (Hill Ward) 6
Chalford (Valley Ward) 2
Coaley 7
Elmore 5
Frampton on Severn 9
Fretherne-with-Saul (Fretherne Ward) 2
Fretherne-with-Saul (Saul Ward) 5
Ham and Stone (Ham Ward) 2
Ham and Stone (Stone Ward) 5
Hamfallow 9
Hardwicke 11
Haresfield 6
Hinton 9
Longney and Epney 5
Nympsfield 5
Randwick (Lower Westrip Ward) 5
Randwick (Randwick Ward) 4
Slimbridge 7
Stinchcombe 5
Uley 7
Whiteshill and Ruscombe 9
Whitminster 7

Standing as a candidate

Nomination papers for District and Parish Council Elections are now available. If you would like to stand for election, you will need to contact Electoral Services for a District or Parish nomination pack.

Please call 01453 754886 or email elections@stroud.gov.uk to request a pack.

Your Parish Council will also have Parish nomination packs available at their offices. Receipt of nominations opens on Friday 11 April and closes at 4pm on Thursday 24 April. Nominations can only be accepted within this time, and must be delivered to Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB. Guidance for candidate and agents at local elections (District Council) can be found at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/

The guidance for candidates and agents at local elections (Parish Council) can be found at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/

Information for Electors (Public)

Registering to Vote

To be eligible to vote you must be registered on the Electoral Register, by the Council having received a complete and valid Voter Registration form. You will then automatically receive a Poll Card at election time that entitles you to vote at your polling station. If you wish to vote by post or by proxy you must complete an additional form (please see below).

If you need to check if you are registered to vote, please call the Helpline:01453 754886.

Registration Forms

PDF documentVoter Registration, or: - PDF, 39KB
PDF documentVoter Registration - (Armed Forces or spouse) - PDF, 28KB
PDF documentOverseas Application - PDF, 122KB
PDF documentHomeless Person - PDF, 23KB
PDF documentPostal Application - PDF, 16KB
PDF documentProxy Application, or: - PDF, 16KB
PDF documentProxy Application Form - definite or indefinite period - PDF, 25KB

Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I vote?
Voting is an important way in which you can make your voice heard on issues that concern you. Everyday decisions are made on your behalf by your elected representatives, e.g. Parish, District, County Councillors, MP and MEPs on a wide variety of local and national issues. Please do not lose your right to vote by registering your name on the electoral register.

If you lose your polling card
Poll cards are sent out approximately two weeks before polling day to remind voters of the election and their polling station.

If you do not receive a polling card?
You do not need a poll card to vote. If you know the date, time and place you can simply go to the polling station and ask for your ballot paper. If you are concerned please call the Helpline.

If you are under 18 years of age
People under the age of 18 are not allowed to vote.

If you are 18 on or before the day of the election you will be able to vote PROVIDED that you have been registered. Details of young people approaching 18 years of age in the life of the electoral register are collected in the annual canvass each year.

If you are not on the register of electors you can apply to be added. You can request a form to be added to the register by contacting the Helpline.

If you have moved house
As long as you have applied to change your registration to your new address, you will be able to vote in that area. You will receive confirmation that your name has been changed to your new address. If your name remains on the register for your old address, you can go on polling day to your old polling station and vote in the normal way.

If it is too late to re-register for the next election and you do not want to go to your old polling station, then please complete a postal or proxy vote within the timeframe specified.

If you have changed your name
If you have changed your name please put the details of the change in a letter and send it to electoral services. The letter needs to state your previous and current names in full, together with your address and signature. If possible, please include a non returnable photocopy of any relevant documentation regarding your change of name.

If a relative has died
If you wish to remove a deceased relative from the electoral register please contact the Helpline.

What happens in the polling station?
Once inside the polling station present yourself to one of the polling staff who will ask you to confirm your name and address. It is helpful if you take your poll card with you. You will then be given your ballot paper, or papers if there are two or more elections being held on the same day, and invited to go to a polling booth where you can mark your "X" in secret and in your own time. Instructions on how to mark your paper are displayed in the polling booth or you can ask any of the polling staff if you are unsure what to do.

The full and edited Electoral Registers
There are two versions of the electoral register, a full copy and an edited copy. The FULL register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote; the council holds a copy of this. This can only be used for certain purposes, such as elections, law enforcement and credit referencing. It is also available at the District Council offices for members of the public to view under supervision, but nowhere else.

The EDITED register (which omits the names and addresses of those electors who have requested on their applications to register that their names be excluded from this version) is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. Electors can chose to have their names excluded from this version (“opting out”) by ticking the relevant box on the registration form

Special category electors
Overseas electors – If you are living overseas you may be entitled to register to vote. Please contact us on 01453 754888 for advice and further information.

Service voters – As a member of HM Forces (or a spouse of service personnel) there are special provisions for your electoral registration. Please contact us on 01453 754888 for advice and further information.

Anonymous registration – In exceptional circumstances it is possible to register anonymously. Please contact us on 01453 754888 for advice and further information.

Polling Station Locations

Your polling station's location will be on the poll card that will be delivered to you before polling day. Polling hours are between 7am – 10pm for elections.

You can find your nearest polling station by entering your street address or postcode using our 'Where I Live' facility. Polling station details are located under Parish and Political Information.

Please see election notices to find out which wards and parishes are up this year.

Register of Electors 2013/14

Each local authority is responsible for carrying out a yearly audit of their Register of Electors in order to make sure it is as complete and accurate as possible. In 2013, the annual electoral registration canvass will commence at the beginning of October; the canvass is compulsory and every household is encouraged to send their registration forms back as quickly as possible.

An initial form will be sent to each household around 1 October 2013; if there is no response to this form a reminder will be sent on 8 November 2013. If neither the initial or reminder form is completed and returned, a canvasser will be sent to call at your property between 6 December and 10 February to attempt to retrieve a response.

How to respond to the annual canvass form 2013/14

Check all the details on the form are correct and if there are no changes to be made, please use the freephone, online or SMS options detailed on your form, to confirm this. You will need the security codes printed on the form to do this. If you prefer you can sign and return your form by post.

If there are changes to be made to the names of those registered at your address please make these clear on the form. Cross out the names of any of those who have moved out and add the names of those who have moved in. Sign and date the form and return it to us using the pre paid envelope provided.

If the house is empty you will still need to respond by completing part 2 of the form, indicating why the house is empty and then sign and return in the pre paid envelope provided.

The annual canvass form also gives you the opportunity to opt out of the Edited Register and request a postal vote application. To opt out of the Edited Register you can use the freephone or SMS response options, or tick the relevant box against your name on the form and return it by post.

To request a postal vote you will need to tick the relevant box against your name and return the form by post.

Why register?

  • To be able to participate in elections and therefore influence who makes the decisions that affect you on a daily basis
  • You may find it harder to obtain credit, mortgages, loans, etc. as the electoral register is one of the documents used by the financial services industry when authorising applications
  • You may be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to respond
  • You may be fined up to £5,000 or be subject to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 51 weeks if you provide false information
  • Returning the form quickly saves the council - and your - money as there is then no need to pay canvassers to call at your house

Who is entitled to register?

All residents who are aged 16 or over and are British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizens are entitled to register at the address where they are or will be generally resident.

However, it is important to note that non-eligible householders must also complete and return their canvass forms so that their non-eligibility can be recorded on the system.

Register of Electors 2012/13

We are currently carrying out the Annual Canvass to update our Electoral Register 2012/13, which by law we must do every year. We use the information that you give to compile a new Register of Electors which will be published on the 16 October 2012. A canvass form will be delivered to every home in the district. If you have not received yours by the 9 July 2012 or have any other queries, please contact our helpline on: 01453 754886. The deadline for responses is the 15 October 2012.

 

The Annual Canvass will be taking place earlier this year because of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election to be held on the 15 November 2012. You must be on the Register of Electors to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner Election.

 

Quick guide to Voter Registration

By law, everyone entitled to vote has to register every year to ensure that they keep their right to vote. All you need to do is follow the steps below. It will only take a couple of minutes.

You need to be included on the registration form if you are:

  • 18 and over
  • British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth Citizen - List of Commonwealth countries - PDF, 35KB
  • 16/17 years old (so that you are eligible to vote as soon as you turn 18)
  • Living at an address within the Stroud District on 15 October 2012

Step 1

Please check the information on the canvass form to see if it is correct. The canvass form will either list the people currently on the electoral register for your address, or be blank if there are no electors.

Step 2

Are there any changes needed to be made to the information?

If changes are not needed:

If there are no changes, you can simply confirm the details are correct by choosing one of the following four options:

  • Text
    Text your unique security number to 80212. (Please note that texts will be charged at your provider's standard rates).
  • Online
    Go to the website www.registerbyinternet.com/stroud and type in the unique security code printed on your canvass form when prompted.
  • Telephone
    Freephone 0800 197 3112 or for alternative languages 0800 1073112 and confirm details over the telephone.
  • Post
    Just sign and date the form and post it back in the pre-paid envelope.

If changes are needed:

The most common changes are:

  • Adding names
    - you need to write in the details of anyone aged 18 or over living at your address who is not shown on 'Part 1' of the canvass form. (Please write in BLOCK CAPITALS).
    - you need to write in the details of anyone aged 16 or 17 who lives at your address in 'Part 1' of the form with their date of birth. (Please write in BLOCK CAPITALS).
  • Removing names
    You can remove the details of someone who is no longer at your address by the putting a line through their name.
  • Name changes
    If someone has changed their name, please put a line through the part of the name that needs changing and write the new name in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • Spelling mistakes
    Please let us know about any spelling mistakes by putting a line through the error and writing the correct spelling next to it.

Please note - we can only action the changes if we receive a signed and dated form. Therefore once you have marked the changes, please take care to sign the canvass form and post it back in the pre-paid envelope.

Frequently Asked Questions


Text registration - do I leave spaces in between the personal security codes?

It does not matter if you leave spaces between each set of numbers or not.

I've only got a mobile phone - can I use that to register?

Yes - you can register using a mobile phone rather than a landline, but please be aware that it will not be a "freephone" call - your usual mobile phone network charges will apply.

How do I know if my details have been received?

People successfully registering by phone will hear a "thank you" message; by text, will receive a confirmation receipt text; and by internet, will receive a written electronic reply. Due to the high volume of paperwork being received and postage costs involved, hand-written forms cannot be acknowledged.

Do I have to remember my security codes for the future?

No - They are there to enable you to register by telephone, text or internet during this canvass period only. You should only register by telephone, text or internet if no householder details have changed.

The details pre-printed on my form are wrong - what should I do?

You will need to cross out anything that is no longer valid and add any new information to the form. Please then sign it at the bottom of the front page and send it back to the Council using the pre-paid envelope that we have provided for you.

I've tried to make changes on the phone/internet, but it wouldn't let me do it - what should I do now?

The telephone or internet should only be used if there are no changes to make. If you have registered in this way or used text messaging by mistake, you will now need to cross out anything on the form that is no longer valid and add any new information to the form. Please then write on the form that it is a "Change to earlier registration", sign it and send it back to the Council, so that we can make the amendments for you manually. If you have destroyed the form before realising your mistake, please contact the Elections Team 01453 754886 to obtain a new form.

None of the details on my form have changed - do I need to do anything, or can I just throw the form away?

We still need you to verify the information, even if it is all correct. You can use the freephone telephone number and key in your security codes using a touch-tone keypad, or you can use the internet or text to register your form, again using your security codes. Whilst these are the quickest and cheapest forms of registering, if you do not wish to use these services, you can simply sign and return the form to us using the pre-paid envelope provided.

I'm moving house soon, but I haven't got the actual date yet - what should I do?

The 2012/13 Register is compiled and published based on where you are living as at 15 October 2012.

  • Cross out your details but leave the form at the property for the new occupiers to complete and send in to us. Hopefully there will be a similar form left for you at the property that you are moving into. If not, please contact us and we can send you a replacement form for your new address instead.
  • If you are moving after 15 October 2012, complete the form as normal (or use the electronic registration options if there are no changes to make), but do remember to contact us again after you have moved, so that we can send you a "rolling registration" form to amend your details.

Why has the form still got the old occupiers' details on it, when we told you that we'd moved in?

This may be for one of three reasons:-

  • You may have informed the Council Tax Office that you had moved in, but did not complete and return a "rolling registration" form to send to the Electoral Services Office;
  • If you did complete a "rolling registration" form, it could be that we had not received formal notification that the previous occupants had moved out.
  • The previous occupants may have moved out but forgotten to let the Electoral Services Office know their new address within the District, or we have not received notification from another Electoral Officer elsewhere in the country to confirm that they have now registered in that area instead.

I've just received a reminder, but I filled in the original form sent to me. You're trying to cut spending at the Council, so why have you done this?

We need to send data to the printers about 10 days before the reminders are delivered to householders, so your form may have been received after the data was prepared. The easiest thing is to telephone us to see whether your form has been received during that 10 day period, or else simply complete the second one and send it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided. We would prefer you to complete two forms, rather than none at all.

Can I just forward this form to the people who used to live here for them to complete?

No - The form is for that specific property and the new householder(s) should complete the details themselves. The people who used to live at that address will be getting their own form, which will be addressed to their new property.

Why do I have to tell you if I'm over 70?

This relates to jury service. The law requires us to compile a register of those who are eligible to sit on a jury. People aged 70 and over cannot sit on a jury. Those who may not be able to sit on a jury for other reasons will be able to say so if they receive a jury summons.

My father has gone into hospital temporarily - can I sign the form on his behalf or should I wait until he comes home again?

Anyone can sign the form to confirm that the details are still correct or need amending. Please fill in your contact details for us, so that we can get hold of you if we have any queries with the information provided.

My mother has gone into residential care - how do I let you know about this?

Take her name off the registration form, sign it and return it to us for processing. All Nursing Homes will have received a registration form, and they are responsible for adding her name to their records. You may wish to contact us towards the end of the canvass period to check that we have had the details returned from the Nursing Home.

My daughter is going off to university soon - should she be included on the form or not?

Many students remain registered at their parents' house whilst they are away studying. This saves them having to register at their student accommodation. Many also apply for a postal vote and have their ballot paper sent to their college address, or appoint someone back home to vote on their behalf at their usual polling station.

My son has joined the army - should I still include him on my form?

Your son can remain on the register at your property as an "ordinary elector", or else he can register in his own right as a "service voter". Service declarations have to be renewed every five years, but there is a danger that any special voting arrangements which were set up at the beginning of this period may have become outdated - especially if the service voter has not let us know of his/her new posting elsewhere.

Does everyone in the household need to sign the form?

No - Just one person can sign on behalf of everybody else during the canvass period. At other times of the year (December to early August) when "rolling registration" rules apply, each individual must sign their own application. Having said this however, the Government is considering whether or not to introduce individual registration (as in Ireland) throughout the year, but if this does go ahead, this will be well-publicised on a national basis.

Why do we need to tell the Elections Office and the Council Tax Office if we move - surely it's all just one Council?

The register of electors is for voting purposes and includes names of every person in the household entitled to vote- the council tax register does not require all of these details.

I've lost my form - The dog's chewed it - I've made a mistake - My child has scribbled over it! Please help!

Sit tight and don't panic! If we don't get your original form back, then you'll receive a Reminder automatically at the end of July 2012. If the same thing happens again at that stage, please contact us and we can send you a replacement.

The Nomination Process

To stand as a prospective councillor at District or Parish Council Elections, you need to complete a nomination paper. The nomination paper will give details of the candidate's name, address (in full) and political description (if any).  District Council nomination papers have to be attested by a Proposer and Seconder and another 8 people who support the nomination to stand as a candidate.  Town and Parish nomination papers have to be attested by a Proposer and Seconder who support the nomination to stand as a candidate.

Everyone signing the nomination paper must be included on the Register of Electors for the area in which the election is to be held.  If someone signs your nomination paper and they are not included on the relevant Register of Electors, the paper will be declared invalid.

A person wishing to stand as a candidate will be issued with the following:

  • Nomination paper
  • Consent to nomination
  • Appointment of election agent
  • Timetable
  • Candidates' guidance
  • Candidates' expenses form

A candidate who is standing on behalf of a registered political party will also need to submit:

  • Certificate of authorisation
  • Request to use the party emblem

At the close of nominations the candidate will be notified as to whether or not their nomination is valid.  If a candidate wishes to withdraw their nomination they have until no later than noon on the 11 April 2012.

The nomination papers will be available from 14 March 2012 and anyone interested in standing as a candidate should call the Stroud District Council elections team, during office hours on 01453 754886 for a nomination pack, or email elections@stroud.gov.uk.

The deadline for completed nomination forms has now passed.

Police and Crime Commissioners Election

Stonehouse Town Council By-election - Wednesday 21 August

County Elections - 2nd May 2013

Police and Crime Commissioner Results

2012 Results

2011 District and Parish Results

2011 Referendum Results

A referendum on the voting system used to elect MPs took place across the UK on Thursday 5 May 2011.

Alternative Vote Referendum Result - Declaration of Count Totals

2010 Results

2009 Results

2008 Results

2007 Results

2006 Results

2005 Results

2004 Results

2003 Results

2002 Results


PDF document2 May - District election results - PDF, 25KB

2001 Results

2000 Results