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General Election - 8 June 2017

General Election - 8 June 2017

For the UK Parliamentary election, the country is divided into electoral areas called constituencies.  Each constituency has its own MP. 

North Kesteven has two Parliamentary Constituencies within its area - Sleaford and North Hykeham and Lincoln

Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency

Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency is mainly made up of parishes within the District of North Kesteven.  The constituency also comprises the following parishes in the district of South Kesteven – Allington, Ancaster, Barkston, Barrowby, Belton & Manthorpe, Caythorpe, Claypole, Carlton Scroop, Dry Doddington, Fenton, Foston, Fulbeck, Great Gonerby, Hougham, Hough on the Hill, Long Bennington, Martson, Normanton, Sedgebrook, Stubton, Syston and Westborough

The Acting Returning Officer of North Kesteven District Council is responsible for the election for the Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency.

A general election is to be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.  Polling stations across the Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency will open at 7am and close at 10pm to elect a Member of Parliament.

The deadline to register for the election is 11:59pm on Monday 22 May. If you are already registered to vote, then there is no need to register for this election. If you have not registered or recently moved into the district, then the easiest way to register to vote is online at gov.uk.

Lincoln Constituency

The Lincoln Constituency comprises the following North Kesteven parishes of Skellingthorpe, Bracebridge Heath and Waddington East and is organised by the Acting Returning Officer of the City of Lincoln Council. 

Further information about the election in the Lincoln constituency can be found on the Lincoln Website.

Information for Voters

Poll cards were posted on 8th May 2017. If you do not receive a poll card and are unsure whether you are registered, contact North Kesteven District Council on (01529) 414155 

If you haven't already registered, you can register to vote online at gov.uk The deadline to register for the General election is 11:59pm on Monday 22 May.

Accessibility to Voting

Mencap have prepared an easy read guide for people with a learning disability, which tells you everything you need to know about registering to vote and voting itself, and a guide for those supporting people with a learning disability.

You can also find more helpful information on the Scope website.

Voting

To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

Find out more about registering to vote.

Proxy votes

Amendments or cancellations of existing proxy vote arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy* occurring after 5pm Wednesday 31 May must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Find out more about voting by proxy.

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

Postal votes

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on 23 May.

Find out more about postal voting.

The expected key dates and deadlines are set out below:

                
Event Date/deadline 
Dissolution of Parliament Wednesday 3 May
Receipt of Writ Thursday 4 May, 4pm
Publication of Notice of Election By Monday 8 May
Commencement of delivery of nominations/ consents to nomination. Monday 8 May
Last day for withdrawal of candidature Thursday 11 May, 4pm
Last day to appoint election agents Thursday 11 May, 4pm
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll. Thursday 11 May, 5pm
Last day for receipt of applications to register to vote Monday 22 May, midnight
Last day for new postal vote applications Tuesday 23 May, 5pm
Last day to change absent vote arrangements Tuesday 23 May, 5pm
Last day for receipt of new proxy vote applications Wednesday 31 May, 5pm
Last day to appoint polling and counting agents Thursday 1 June,
First day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers (lost, spoilt or not received) Friday 2 June
Polling day Thursday 8 June, 7am to 10pm
Last day for receipt of emergency proxy vote applications  Thursday 8 June, 5pm
Last day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers Thursday 8 June, 5pm

Becoming a Candidate

If you intend to stand as a candidate you must complete a nomination paper, consent to nomination and any other relevant forms contained in the candidate's nomination pack.  A nomination pack is now available from Electoral Services and can be downloaded from the download tab.

Anyone considering standing as a candidate is strongly advised to read guidance and information provided by the Electoral Commission.

Nominations may be submitted between 10am and 4pm on Monday 8 May to Thursday 11 May.  The close of nominations is at 4pm on Thursday 11 May. 

It would be helpful if anyone wishing to submit nomination papers could make an appointment to do so and those with pre-booked appointments will receive priority. Appointments can be booked by calling 01529 308024 or by emailing BusinessSupportTeam@n-kesteven.gov.uk

The electoral register to be used for nominations will be available to candidates no earlier than 3 May, upon receipt of a written request from the candidate. 

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