The statutory Notices of Election have been published today, ahead of the Hampshire County Council elections on Thursday 4 May 2017.
The date marks the first step in the election timetable, in the lead up to polling day on 4 May, when people living in all 76 of the County Council’s electoral divisions choose who they want to run the range of essential local services that impact on all aspects of everyday life - for 1.3 million people living in the Hampshire County Council area.
Services delivered by the County Council include education, roads and social care for vulnerable children and adults, as well as access to the countryside, and libraries.
Two divisions elect two councillors, due to the size of the electorate, so Hampshire County Council consists of 78 councillors. Councillors represent all the people within their divisions, decide how £1.9 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent each year, and make the policies to secure high quality services for the residents of, and visitors to Hampshire. Councillors provide a focus for local people when they have concerns or want things done, using their local knowledge of the area and the issues affecting residents to help the County Council make decisions and check the quality of services it delivers.
District councils administer the County Council’s four-yearly elections on behalf of John Coughlan, the County Returning Officer and County Council Chief Executive. Therefore, polling cards, and applications for postal and proxy votes will be issued by district councils for residents living in their area.
To vote in the County Council election, you must be registered by Thursday 13 April.
If you are not sure if you are registered, contact your local district or borough council and they can check for you.
To register, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (you will need your national insurance number). If you don’t have internet access, then contact your local district or borough council.
If you cannot get to the polling station on election day, you can still vote by post or appoint someone (a proxy) to vote on your behalf. Contact the district or borough council for your area, and they can send you a form.
The deadline for new postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.
For proxy vote applications, it's 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.