North Kesteven District Council Elections and Parish and Town Council elections - 2 May 2019

On 2 May 2019 scheduled elections will be run for all 26 wards of North Kesteven District Council and all Parish and Town Councils within the district.

The timetables for both the district and parish elections are the same and the key dates are explained below.

  • Wednesday 14 March – 4pm Wednesday 3 April 2019: Nomination period during which prospective candidates must submit nomination papers. More details can be found below under the heading 'Submitting nomination papers'.
  • From Thursday 4 April 2019: Candidate's details published (all details will be given on the Statements of Persons Nominated which will be available to download from this page).
  • Around Thursday 11 April – Friday 12 April 2019: First main issue of postal votes. Please note that candidates and agents are not entitled to attend the issue of postal votes.
  • Friday 12 April 2019: Last day to apply to register to vote (by midnight).
  • Monday 15 April 2019: Last day to apply to vote by post (by 5pm).
  • Thursday 18 April 2019: Second issue of postal votes to any electors that have recently applied for a postal vote. 
  • Wednesday 24 April 2019: Last day to apply to vote by proxy (by 5pm).
  • From Thursday 25 April 2019: Postal vote opening sessions. It is expected that these will take place daily up to and including polling day but may need to be cancelled depending on the volume of returns. 48 hours notice will be given to any candidates/agents if any new sessions are scheduled. 
  • Thursday 2 May 2019: POLLING DAY for any contested areas, with polling stations open from 7am - 10pm.
  • Friday 3 May 2019: Count and election results published on this page as they become available.

Nomination papers should be hand delivered to Meeting Room 1 at North Kesteven District Council, Kesteven Street, Sleaford NG34 7EF, between the hours of 10am and 4pm on any working day between  10am on Thursday 14 March and up to 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Nominations can also be submitted at the following venues:

  • The Training Room at Metheringham Depot, Scoley Court, Moorlands Trading Estate, Metheringham LN4 3BS on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March, between 10am and 4pm; and
  • Info Links at One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham LN6 9AX on Thursday 21st (10am to 4pm), Friday 22nd (10am to 4pm) and Saturday 23rd March 2019 (10am to 2pm).

Nomination Papers must not be left at reception or with anyone other than the Electoral Services Team in the locations detailed above, otherwise they will be rejected.  Nomination papers received via the post will also be rejected.  We will offer an informal check of papers before formally accepting them but please do make an appointment.

We strongly advise that an appointment is made to submit nomination papers otherwise you may have to wait.  This can be done by calling 01529 308024, or emailing BusinessSupportTeam@n-kesteven.gov.uk.  Please be ready to give your name, the District Ward or Parish/Town council  you are submitting papers for, and the quantity.  

For 2 May 2019 Local Elections, North Kesteven District Council is participating in the Voter Identification Pilot. This means that any voters who vote at a polling station will need to show identification. This is to ensure they are who they say are. This will not apply to postal voters. For further details regarding the Voter ID Pilot, and the types of identification that will be accepted, please see your Voter ID information webpage.

You can only vote if your name is on the Register of Electors. If you have moved address since 1 December 2018 and/or have not registered, you will need to complete a voter registration form. The easiest way to do this is to make an online application to register at Gov.uk

If you are unable to register online, you can request a paper registration form by phoning 01529 414155. Alternatively, if you have your National Insurance number available when you call, we can complete the registration on your behalf. Paper registrations must be delivered to the North Kesteven District Council main Sleaford office by midnight on Friday 12 April 2019 to register for these elections.

Find out more about registering to vote.

If you would like to vote by post, you will need to complete a postal vote application form and the Electoral Registration Officer must receive your application at our Sleaford office before 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019 if it is to be effective for these elections. This is also the deadline to make any amendments or cancellations of existing postal votes. 

If you are granted a postal vote, you will NOT be able to vote in person at these elections. Please email customer_services@n-kesteven.gov.uk or telephone 01529 414155 to request a postal vote application form. Postal vote forms can also be downloaded from the Your Vote Matters website. Ensure you allow sufficient time to receive and return the postal vote application. If you are unsure if you have a postal vote in place currently, contact our Customer Services on 01529 414155 who will be able to help you.

Find out more about postal voting.

If you would like to appoint a proxy (someone you trust to vote on your behalf), you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. The Electoral Registration Officer must receive your application at our Sleaford office before 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019 if it is to be effective for these elections. If you have appointed a proxy to vote in person for you, you can still vote yourself, but ONLY if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf. Proxy vote application forms can be downloaded from the Your Vote Matters website or requested from the Council on 01529 414155

Please note that the deadline to make any amendments or cancellations of existing proxy vote arrangements is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019. The requirement to provide Voter Identification will also apply to proxy voters.

Find out more about voting by proxy

Applications to vote by emergency proxy, relating to emergencies which have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at our Sleaford Offices by 5pm on Thursday 2 May 2019.

The emergency can only be on the grounds of grounds of physical/medical incapacity or for work/service reasons.

Find out more about voting by proxy.

More detailed information for candidates and agents can be found on the following pages:

The Notice of Election publicises the elections that are to be held and the election timetable, including the date by which any prospective candidates must submit a nomination paper. This will be issued on Wednesday 13 March 2019 and will also be available on this day on the downloads tab. 

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Statement of Persons Nominated for each electoral area (i.e. District Ward, Parish/Town Council, Parish Ward) no later than 4pm on Thursday 4 April 2019 (these will be added to the downloads tab when available). This will give details of all nominated candidates. 

Please Note: The candidates for the elections will not be known until this time. We do not have any details or information about any candidates standing for these elections. It is the responsibility of candidates to provide and circulate their own election material as part of their election campaign.

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Notice of Election Agents for each District Council ward election no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019 (these will be added to the downloads tab when available). There are no Election Agent appointments for Parish and Town Council elections. 

For any elections which are contested, the Returning Officer is required to publish a Notice of Poll (which will be added automatically to this page when the documents are available by no later than Wednesday 24 April 2019). These notices will give details of the validly nominated candidates and the polling stations used for each election.

For Parish and Town Council Elections (and occasionally for District Council elections), it is often the case that too few nomination papers are submitted to require an election to be held (i.e. the exact number of nominations required for the number of seats available, or less). The nominated candidates are elected without a contest. This is called an 'uncontested election' and means that an election will not take place on polling day. 

For any uncontested elections a Result of Uncontested Election will be available to download after the close of nominations on the 4 April 2019.

A ‘contested election’ means that an election will be held because more nomination papers are received than the number of available seats of the council. Electors in the area get to vote on who they would like to represent them from the available candidates.

The Verification and Count will commence upon close of polls on Thursday 2 May 2019. District Council votes will be counted on 2/3 May 2019. Parish votes will be counted on Friday 3 May 2019. Public access is not permitted at the counts.

The Returning Officer will publish a Declaration of Result of Poll which will be added automatically when the document is available.

For any further information about the elections please contact the Elections Office at North Kesteven District Council on 01529 308238 or by email elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk.