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May 2020 Elections

Police & Crime Commissioner and Borough Council Elections

Rossendale Borough Council Elections

Rossendale Borough Council comprises 36 elected Councillors representing 14 Wards across the Borough.  Councillors are elected to serve a 4 year term with elections covering one third of the seats taking place every year, except 1 year in 4 when County Council elections are held.

On Thursday 7 May 2020, residents will have their say on how Rossendale Borough Council is run.  One Councillor in each of the following wards is being elected:

  • Cribden
  • Eden
  • Facit & Shawforth
  • Goodshaw
  • Greenfield
  • Greensclough
  • Hareholme
  • Helmshore
  • Irwell
  • Longholme
  • Whitewell
  • Worsley

How to stand as a candidate

Nomination papers for the Police & Crime Commissioner election will be available shortly from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.  All general enquiries about the Police & Crime Commissioner election from candidates and agents should be made to the Police Area Returning Officer's team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council:  [email protected] or by telephoning 01254 585920.  Information regarding the Police & Crime Commissioner election can be found here.  

Nomination packs for the Borough Council elections will be available for collection from Monday 16 March 2020, from Electoral Services, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.  Please contact Electoral Services if you wish to collect a pack.

The nomination period will be open from 9.00am on Monday 30 March 2020 and closes at 4.00pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

For more information about standing as a candidate or to obtain a nomination pack, please contact Electoral Services.  Further information and nomination forms are also available from the Electoral Commission.

Register to vote

Registered voters will be sent a poll card at the beginning of April.  If you have not received a poll card by 7 April 2020, or you have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote.  You can register to vote online or contact Electoral Services and request a paper copy of the form.  The deadline to register to vote at these elections is midnight on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Who can vote

To vote at these elections, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of another member state of the European Union.

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

Voting by post

Voters who have already requested to vote by post will be sent a postal poll card around the beginning of April with information about their postal vote.  If you wish to cancel your postal vote and vote in person at your polling station or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, you must notify Electoral Services before 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

If you wish to apply to vote by post, you must send us your completed application before 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.  Please contact Electoral Services to request an application form.

If you require a postal vote because you will be away on election day but are going away before they are posted around 21 or 28 April (see below), you may wish to consider voting by proxy instead.  if you wish to vote by proxy, you must send us your completed application before 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020.  If you are already registered to vote by post, you must cancel your postal vote before 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020 if you now wish to vote by proxy.

When will I receive my postal vote?

If you are already registered to vote by post or we receive your application by Monday 23 March, your postal vote will be sent around Tuesday 21 April 2020 by first class mail.  If you apply to vote by post between Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 22 April, your postal vote would be issued around Tuesday 28 April 2020.

If you have not received your postal vote by Friday 1 May 2020, please contact Electoral Services.

How do I complete my postal vote?

When you receive your postal vote, read the instructions carefully.  Your postal vote includes the ballot paper(s) and a postal voting statement.  Complete both of these and return them straight away.  Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 7 May 2020.  If you miss the post you can hand your completed postal vote into any polling station in the Ward in which you are registered or at Futures Park in Bacup.

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

If you lose your postal vote or make a mistake, contact Electoral Services straight away.  A replacement postal vote can only be issued between Friday 1 May and 5pm on Thursday 7 May 2020.

Voting by proxy

If you will be away or cannot go to the polling station on 7 May, you can apply to vote by proxy.  This means someone else can vote on your behalf.

Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020.  Your appointed proxy must be included in the Electoral Register for the area in which they live and need to attend your polling station to vote on your behalf.  If they are unable to attend your polling station they can apply to vote by postal proxy but they must do so before 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.  Contact Electoral Services for an application form.

If after 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020 you have a medical emergency or learn you cannot go to the 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 completed applications is 5pm on Thursday 7 May 2020.

How to vote

Always read the instructions on how to complete the ballot paper carefully, 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 at the Rossendale Borough Council election and one candidate in each column for the Police & Crime Commissioner election.  Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for.  The voting system used for the Police & Crime Commissioner election is known as supplementary voting, you can watch a video here to see how this works.

Who is elected

In the Borough Council elections, the candidate with the most votes is elected using the first past the post system.  A total of 12 Borough Councillors for Rossendale will be elected.  Each will serve a 4 year term of office.

The Police & Crime Commissioner will be elected using the supplementary voting system.

Results

The count for the Borough Council elections will take place on Friday 8 May 2020 at 8.30am.  Results will be announced throughout the morning and early afternoon and will be published on this website.

The count for the Police & Crime Commissioner will commence at 2pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

More information

If you would like more information about these elections, please contact Electoral Services or for the Police & Crime Commissioner election contact Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council or visit the Cabinet Office's PCC information site