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Elections and registration
Please note: There are no local elections
scheduled to take place in Medway in 2013. Elections to the
European Parliament are Medway's next scheduled elections, and
these will take place in 2014.
West Ward, Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council
A vacancy has occurred on the Parish Council due to the
resignation of a Parish Councillor. 10 electors in the Ward
have requested that this vacancy be filled by election.
of Election was published on 4 November, and this formally
starts the statutory process.
Nomination papers and guidance for candidates may be found
The deadline for submission of nomination papers was
noon on Friday 22 November. View
the list of candidates here (pdf
With the deadline for withdrawal of candidates having passed, we
can confirm that Michael L Pearce has been elected
uncontested to the Parish Council. No election will therefore be
held on 19 December - formal
notice (pdf 48KB).
What is the register?
The Electoral Register is a list of people eligible to
vote in elections within Medway. The Electoral Registration Officer
(ERO) has a statutory duty to compile the register and keep it
up-to-date by carrying out an annual canvass of households
usually from September to November.
A revised register is usually published by 1 December each
Full and Edited register
There are two types of register: the full and edited versions. You will
be asked whether you want to be included in the Edited register
when you complete your registration form.
Who can register?
To go on the electoral register you must be:
You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
Citizens of EU member states other than British or Irish are
only eligible to vote in local government elections.
How to register
To request an electoral registration form please contact the
Electoral Services team on 01634 332030 or via email email@example.com
Alternatively you can download and print an electoral
registration form from The Electoral Commission
website About My Vote
The revised register for 2014 will
be published on Monday, 17 February 2014.
You are required by law to respond each year regardless of
changes or not. The ERO has to write to everyone every year to
confirm who lives at each property, even if the council has other
information about you on its files.
This year, the annual canvass will be running from October to
January. Voter registration forms will be sent to households from
the end of October onwards. From 1 October, some residents will be
invited to renew their registration online before paper forms are
sent to properties. These residents will receive an email
communication with instructions about how to complete their
When completing your voter registration form, you are asked to
include all eligible residents and inform us of any changes; for
example, residents may have moved out, or married and changed
If there are no changes to be made your details can be confirmed
by telephone or via the internet, using the details printed on the
registration form sent to you.
If you fail to respond to to the first form a personal canvasser
will be sent to try to get the details from you.
Please be aware, this costs money which affects the level of
council tax, so you can save money by responding to the first form
using the methods mentioned above. We are not allowed by law
to carry forward any information so if you do not register for more
then one year your details may not be on the register.
- You lose your right to vote
- You may encounter problems when opening a bank account or
Once the register is published on 17 February, it is updated
monthly and there is a cut-off date each month for the return of
the form. If your form is received after the date, your
details will be included in the next months' updates. These dates
are set by law so there is no flexibility to change them or accept
late forms. You will receive a letter confirming that your details
have been added to the register.
The Credit Reference reference agencies are supplied with copy
of the register when it is published and the subsequent monthly
alterations. However we do not know how long it takes for
your details to appear on their records once you have been added to
Where to register and what address to register at?
You should register at your main address.
If you have moved to a residential home, then that would be your
If you live an equal amount of time in two properties e.g. you
are a student, you can register at both but you must not vote more
than once in the same election. This means that you can vote in
local elections at both addresses as long as they are in different
local authority areas but you cannot vote at both addresses in a
If you spend more time at one property than the other, you
should register at the one where you spend most time. On the voter
registration form for the address where you spend less time, you
should tick the box at the bottom of the form for "registered
If you are temporarily living in a rented house, you
should continue to register at your main address. Please make sure
that your mail is suitably redirected so that you receive all
relevant correspondence from the council.
How does the register relate to council tax?
The council tax register is quite separate, so paying council
tax does not mean that you will automatically be on the Electoral
HM Armed Forces
If you are in the armed forces, you can register by means of a
service declaration or choose to register as an ordinary elector as
above instead. You may need to appoint a proxy or ask for a
postal vote if you are unlikely to be in the UK when an election is
If you are a Crown Servant or British Council employee and
posted overseas, both you and your spouse or civil partner are
entitled to register by way of making a service
declaration. Applicants must be living outside of the United
Kingdom to register in this way. Please contact Electoral Services
to get the relevant form and advice.
The declaration must be submitted via the relevant
government department or British Council office.
If you are a British citizen and currently reside overseas you
can still register if you satisfy the criteria.
You will have to have been on a UK electoral
register at any time within the past 15 years. You cannot register
if you have never been registered as an elector in the UK. However,
if you left the UK before you were 18 years of age, you can
register at your parents’ or guardians’ address, if you left the
country no more than 15 years ago. Please contact Electoral
Services to get the relevant form and advice. You will
probably need to arrange to appoint a proxy who will vote on
your behalf or you could apply for a postal vote. But be aware that
postal votes can be sent out as late as six working days before an
election, so there may not be enough time for it to reach you in
time for you to complete and return it.
A declaration of local connection relates to a person
who gives a property at which they have resided or would but for
their circumstances. For example, the homeless may register at the
address at which they commonly spent a substantial part of their
time either day or night, by making a "declaration of local
In order to register by way of local connection, please contact
the Electoral Services team for an application and any additional
information you may require.
There is a provision in law that enables individuals to register
anonymously under certain circumstances.
Please contact Electoral Services for more information on how to
register anonymously. Please note that an application to register
anonymously has to be signed by a senior police officer or the
Director of Children or Adult services. However be aware that the
register is a public document, it is published in address order,
and by each of the three parliamentary constituencies. It is
difficult therefore to be traced if your actual address is
unknown. We do not provide a search service for third parties.
Find out how to apply for a postal or proxy vote on a temporary or permanent
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