Beanfield Ward By-Election 2019
When will the election take place?
The election (polling day) will take place 7am – 10pm on Thursday 10 October 2019.
·The last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday 24 September
·The deadline to request a vote by post is 5pm on Wednesday 25 September
·The deadline to request a vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 2 October
· If you are not sure if you are registered, contact Electoral Services on 01536 46 40 12/14 or 01536 46 46 78.
·You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/registertovote or fill out an Invitation to Register form available at our One Stop Shop, Corby Cube, George Street, Corby.
What are we voting for?
A new councillor for the Beanfield Ward. Further information about the role of a councilor can be found at http://www.corby.gov.uk/home/council/council-democracy/councillors-information-advice
Where is my polling station?
The address of your polling station is Beanfield Community Centre, Beanfield Avenue, NN18 0AX. This will be indicated on your poll card delivered between the 13th September and 16th September.
I've not received/lost/forgotten my polling card, can I still vote?
As long as you are on the Electoral Register by Tuesday 24th September and are not an anonymous voter you do not need your pollcard to vote. If you are unsure where your polling station is you can call 01536 46 4012/4 to find out.
What if I am ill on the day/am called into work?
If you are suddenly incapacitated, taken ill or called into work at short notice, you can apply until 5pm on Thursday 10 October 2019 to vote by emergency proxy (nominate someone else to cast a vote for you) for medical or work reasons only. Call 01536 46 40 12 to discuss this matter further.
What is on the ballot paper?
Your officially marked ballot paper will list all candidates with the emblem and description of their party, if they have one. Your ballot paper will instruct you how many candidates you can vote for, by placing an “X” in the box beside your chosen candidate.
Is it compulsory to vote?
No, people cannot be forced to vote.
Is my vote secret?
The ballot paper contains no personal details just a unique identifying number which is separate from your elector number. The unique identifying number on the ballot paper is just one way to help prevent electoral fraud. It is possible, but illegal, to trace all the votes to the people who cast them.
What about disabled voters?
To help blind and partially sighted voters, there are "tactile devices" in each polling station. The vast majority of polling stations are accessible for wheelchair users - but if a voter is unable to enter the polling station because of physical disability, the Presiding Officer may take the ballot paper to them. If you have any problems in access on the day, you should call Electoral Services on 01536 46 40 12/14.
Registering to Vote
How do I register to vote?
The deadline to register to vote in this Election is Tuesday 24 September. You can register for future elections or update your details by re-registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can check whether you are on the Electoral register by contacting Electoral Services on 01536 46 4012/14.
Am I automatically registered, I pay Council Tax?
You are not automatically on the Electoral register if you are paying council tax. If you are not sure, you can find out by calling Electoral Services on 01536 46 40 12.
Who can vote in this Election?
You must be registered to vote by Tuesday 24 September, be at least 18 years old on polling day, be British, a European Union or Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen living in the UK.
Who is not allowed to vote in this Election?
Members of the House of Lords; peers of the realm who are registered as overseas electors; anyone other than British, European Union, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens; convicted prisoners; anybody found guilty of electoral fraud within the last five years; people who are subject to any "legal incapacity" which impairs their judgement; British, European Union, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens living overseas.
Can I vote by post?
The deadline to request to vote by post in this election is 5pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019. You may already be registered as a postal voter. Contact Electoral Services on 01536 46 4012/14 to find out.
Postal Votes will be released from Monday 30th September.
I am a Postal Voter, can I vote in a Polling Station?
If you have applied to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station. If you have not received your postal vote by Friday 4 October 2019 then you must contact Electoral Services by 5pm on 01536 46 40 12/14 for a reissue postal vote pack.
If you have received your pack but do not want to post it or it is too late to post it, you can return your postal vote to your polling station or into The Corby Cube, Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG, but you must do this before 10pm on the day of election.
How do I change my address on the electoral register?
If you've changed address and need to update your details on the electoral register, you will need to re-register at your new address. The quickest way to do this is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If after Tuesday 24 September, these changes will not be reflected in the current register being used for this election but should be reflected in subsequent updates to the Electoral Register.