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Elections

Parliamentary Election 2019

On Thursday 12 December 2019, residents will have the opportunity to elect 1 Member of Parliament for the Rossendale and Darwen Constituency.  The Notice of Election can be viewed here.

How to stand as a candidate

Nominations have now closed.  You can view the list of candidates here and their election agents can be viewed here.  The timetable which lists key dates is available to view here.

If you live in the Greenfield or Worsley wards you will be voting in the Hyndburn Constituency.  You can view their candidates and other notices here.

Register to vote

Registered voters will be sent a poll card from 7 November onwards.  If you have not received a poll card by 15 November 2019, or you have recently moved address, you may not be registered to vote.  You can register to vote online or contact Electoral Services and request a paper application form.  The deadline to register to vote at this election is midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Who can vote

To vote at this election, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen.  Citizens of member states of the European Union are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Your name must appear on the Electoral Register before you can vote.

The list of polling stations can be viewed here.

Who to Vote For

Where to Vote

Find your polling station by typing your postcode in the box

 

Voting by post

Voters who are registered to vote by post by Tuesday 5 November 2019 will be sent a postal poll card and will receive their postal vote around 28 November 2019.  Voters who apply to vote by post between Wednesday 6 November 2019 and 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 will receive their postal vote around 4 December 2019.  The deadline to apply to vote by post at this election is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019

Voters who require a postal vote because they will be away on election day should take note of the above dates and consider appointing a proxy to vote on their behalf if they are going away close to the postal vote distribution dates.  If you are already registered to vote by post but will be going away on or before 28 November 2019 and wish to change to a proxy vote then you will need to cancel your postal vote by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.  The deadline to appoint a proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Applications to vote by post or proxy can be requested from Electoral Services or downloaded from here.

Postal voters who have not received their postal vote by Friday 6 December 2019 should contact Electoral Services.  Please note that we cannot issue replacement packs before this date.

How do I complete my postal vote?

When you receive your postal vote, please ensure you read the instructions carefully.  Your postal vote will include the ballot paper and a postal voting statement.  Complete both of these and return them straight away - postal votes will be rejected if the postal vote statement is not completed correctly.  Completed postal votes must be received by the Acting Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 12 December for them to be included in the counting of the votes.  If you miss the post you can hand your completed postal vote into any polling station within the constituency or at Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.

If you need help to vote, you can ask someone you know or get independent help by contacting Electoral Services.

If, after 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019, you have a medical emergency or learn you cannot go to your polling station because of work reasons, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.  This means someone else can vote on your behalf.  The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.  Please contact Electoral Services if you need to appoint an emergency proxy.

How to vote

Always read the instructions carefully on how to complete the ballot paper, even if you have voted before.  The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name and party logo (if any).

You are able to vote for one candidate only in this election.  Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidate you wish to vote for.

Who is elected

The candidate with the most votes will be elected using the first past the post system.

Result of election

The count will commence at 11pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.  The result will be announced as soon as the count is concluded, this could be around 4am on Friday 13 December subject to any recounts being requested by candidates and agents.  The result will be published on this website.

More information

If you would like more information about this election, please contact Electoral Services.  Information is also available on the Electoral Commission's website.