Referendum, District and Parish Council Elections 2011
Press Release: 26/04/2011
Make sure you don’t lose your right to vote and can have your say on important matters that affect our daily lives.
Thursday 5 May 2011 is the date for the Referendum, District and Parish Council elections.
The Referendum will be seeking a Yes/No answer to a question about the future of the Parliamentary Voting System. In addition, 19 City Council seats and 19 Parish Councils will be up for election.
City Council Seats
The City Council seats up for election are in the following Wards - Bishops Waltham; Colden Common & Twyford; Compton & Otterbourne; Denmead; Itchen Valley; Littleton & Harestock; Owslebury & Curdridge; St Barnabas; St Bartholomew; St John & All Saints; St Luke; St Michael; St Paul; Swanmore and Newtown; The Alresfords; Upper Meon Valley; Whiteley; Wickham; Wonston & Micheldever.
Parish Council elections
The Parish Councils up for election are as follows:- Bishops Waltham; Corhampton & Meonstoke; Denmead; Durley; Hursley; Itchen Stoke & Ovington; Itchen Valley; Littleton & Harestock; New Alresford Town; Northington; Otterbourne; South Wonston; Swanmore; Twyford; Upham; West Meon; Whiteley; Wickham; Wonston.
Register to vote
Anyone who is not currently registered to vote needs to apply by Thursday 14 April 2011.
To be eligible to register you need to be:
- 16 or over (but you cannot vote until your 18th birthday)
- British or Commonwealth citizens
- Citizens of the Irish Republic
- or Citizens of other European Union (EU) countries (but note that EU Citizens cannot vote in the Referendum but can vote in local elections on May 5).
For more information on voting and to download a voter registration form, go to the Elections section on the City Council website or call the Electoral Services Helpline on 01962 848154. Registering to vote does not mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to.
Applications for postal votes or changes to existing proxies must be received at the City Council offices by 5pm on Thursday 14 April 2011 and applications for new proxy votes (not postal proxies) by 5pm on Thursday 21 April 2011.
Applications for proxies on grounds of a medical emergency can be made up to 5pm on polling day.
Standing as a Candidate
If you want a greater involvement in local matters, why not consider standing as a candidate at the local elections. Nomination papers are available from Electoral Services now and have to be returned by noon on Monday 4 April 2011. The Electoral Services Helpline (01962 848 154) will be pleased to give you more information.
The counts for all elections will be held at the Guildhall, Winchester as follows:
- Verification stage for all elections – Thursday 5 May from 10pm
- Final Count stage for City Council elections – Friday 6 May from 10.30am
- Final Count stage for the Referendum – Friday 6 May from 4pm
- Final Count stage for Parish Council elections – Saturday 7 May from 10.30am
All results will be available once declared on the City Council website www.winchester.gov.uk
Your local polling station is stated on your polling card, but you can also use Local View to find where it is. Select ‘view map layers’ followed by ‘polling stations’.