Surrey Heath Borough Council Elections
Elections will be taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019 to elect the Borough Councillors for Surrey Heath.
Surrey Heath is divided into 14 wards, with the following number of councillors representing each ward:
|Bagshot||3||Bisley & West End||3|
|Mytchett & Deepcut||3||Old Dean||2|
|Watchetts||2||Windlesham & Chobham||3|
A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Windlesham is also taking place on 2 May 2019.
Further information can be found here https://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/windlesham-neighbourhood-plan
Parish Council Elections
Elections will also be taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019 to elect Parish Councillors for the 4 Parish Councils in the borough. The number of councillors to be elected in the parish area is as follows:
|Bisley Parish Council||7|
|Chobham Parish Council||9|
|West End Parish Council||7|
|Windlesham Parish Council||Bagshot Parish Ward||8|
|Lightwater Parish Ward||7|
|Windlesham Parish Ward||3|
There have been changes to Borough boundary wards since the last elections. You can see maps of the new borough wards here.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Key dates for this election are as follows:
|Notice of Election (nominations open)||Thursday, 21 March 2019|
|Deadline for nominations||4pm - Wednesday 3 April 2019|
|Publication of statement of persons nominated||(Not later than) 4pm Thursday 4 April|
|Registering to Vote||Midnight - Friday 12 April 2019|
|Applying for a Postal Vote||5pm - Monday, 15 April 2019|
|Cancelling or changing Postal or Proxy Votes||5pm - Monday, 15 April 2019|
|Applying for a Proxy Vote||5pm - Wednesday, 24 April 2019|
|First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes||Friday 26 April 2019|
|Polling day||7am to 10pm - Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes||5pm - Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Deadline for emergency proxy applications||5pm - Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal||9pm - Thursday, 2 May 2019|
If you have not registered or have moved recently you will need to register prior to the election. The deadline to register is Friday, 12 April 2019. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
How you can vote
You can vote person at the polling station, by post or by proxy.
Voting in person at a polling station
Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. Details of your polling station can be found on your poll card. Please check where your polling station is located as this may have changed since you last voted.
You do not need your Poll Card to vote but it saves time at the polling station if you take with you to vote.
Some neighbouring boroughs are running ID pilots, meaning voters need to produce ID at the polling station before being issued with their ballot paper - this is not happening in Surrey Heath so you will not need to take ID to your polling station.
You can apply for a postal vote at any time until 5pm on Monday, 15 April 2019. You can download applications to vote by post from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk
The deadline for making changes to or cancelling existing arrangements is also 5pm on Monday, 15 April 2019.
Postal Votes are sent out in batches.
Postal voting packs for anyone who has applied, and we have received the form, by 5pm on 3 April 2019 will be dispatched around 10 April 2019 by 1st class post. Postal packs for applications received after this date will be sent out around 23 April 2019 so please ensure you apply as early as possible.
Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on 2 May 2019. You can hand your completed postal vote into the Council Offices or at any polling station in the ward.
You can apply for a proxy vote, where someone votes on your behalf at your polling station until 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2019. Your proxy needs to be registered to vote and eligible to vote at the elections on 2 May 2019. You can download applications to vote by proxy from www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk
If you appoint a proxy, you are still entitled vote yourself at your polling station provided that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf or arranged a postal vote.