An election will be held across Runnymede borough on Thursday 2 May 2019 to elect new councillors to every ward in the council area.
To vote in the local borough election on 2 May you don't need your polling card with you. Polling cards tell you the polling station address, so be sure you're looking at the one for the 2 May election, as the European election polling cards have been sent to homes and they may have different polling station addresses.
Unlike previous elections, where only a third of councillors were voted for at any one time, this year all 41 seats on the authority are up for election because ward boundaries have changed.
Residents in Englefield Green East ward will be able to vote for two ward councillors, In every other ward, residents will be able to vote for up to three candidates on polling day as three vacancies per ward will need to be filled.
Paul Turrell, the Returning Officer for the election, said:This election is the chance for people across the borough to have their say, so it's important voters are aware that for this year only, they will be able to vote for three councillors for their ward (two in Englefield Green where the number of eligible voters is smaller than other wards).
Residents don't have to use all of their votes, but for all the wards except Englefield Green East, they can put a cross against up to three candidates without spoiling the ballot paper.
Runnymede Council is responsible for a wide range of statutory services, including,
- · Planning,
- · Refuse and recycling,
- · Supporting people with housing needs,
- · Licensing pubs, clubs and taxis,
- · Environmental health and abandoned vehicles,
- · Collecting Council Tax and Business Rates on behalf of Surrey County Council, the police, fire service, government and itself
- In addition, it also provides quality of life services, including community transport, meals and alarms, day centres, leisure services, parks, and CCTV, so it is important to vote to have a say on how they are delivered.
Polling station changes
The location of polling stations may also have changed due to the ward boundary revisions, to see your new polling station on a map, visit this website and enter your postcode. Polling cards will be issued soon and will also give the address of the station people need to go to.
Register to vote
As an election is imminent, people need to be on the electoral register to vote. Residents do not have to vote but it is a legal requirement to be on the register, and being included could also influence your credit score. To register to vote, contact the Council before 12 April.
- · Publication of the complete list of candidates in all wards: 4 April
- · Deadline for new applications to vote by post: 12 April
- · Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy: 24 April
- · Deadline for applications to vote by proxy because of a medical emergency: 5pm, 2 May
- · Polling day: 7am-10pm, 2 May
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