County and District by-elections February 2022

Following the death of County Councillor Mrs Maureen Dobson, a request has now been received to fill the vacancy for the Collingham Division of Nottinghamshire County Council and the vacancy for the Collingham Ward of Newark and Sherwood District Council, by a poll.

By-elections are due to be held on Thursday 17 February 2022. Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. Poll cards will be sent to registered voters who are eligible to vote in these elections.

You can only vote if your name is on the Register of Electors.

Registering to vote

The current register was last published on 1 December 2021. If you are not registered to vote, have moved address, changed your name or nationality, you can apply to register online.

Applications should be made online or a form completed and returned to us by Tuesday 1 February 2022 to register for these elections. If you cannot register online, please contact us. If you are already registered correctly, you do not need to register again for these elections.

Register to vote here

Postal and Proxy voting

Postal voting

If you would like to vote by post, you will need to complete a postal vote application form (PDF File, 231kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022 if it is to be effective for these elections. If you are granted a postal vote, you will not be able to vote in person at these elections. This form must not be completed with an electronic signature. You can complete and return this form to the address shown on the form or scan the completed form and email to: voting@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk. If you cannot print this form please contact us.

Postal-proxy voting

If you would like to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf and the proxy wishes to vote by post, you will need to complete a postal-proxy vote application form (PDF File, 486kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022 if it is to be effective for these elections. If you are granted a postal-proxy vote, you will not be able to vote in person at these elections. This form must not be completed with an electronic signature. You can complete and return this form to the address shown on the form or scan the completed form and email to: voting@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk. If you cannot print this form please contact us.

Postal and postal-proxy ballot papers should be delivered by Tuesday 8 February 2022 if we receive the completed application by 5pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022.

If you are away around this date, we may be able to send your postal vote to a different address. You should contact us to see if this is possible. Alternatively, you could appoint a proxy who could vote on your behalf at your polling station.

If you are granted a postal or a postal-proxy vote and you would like assistance on how to complete your postal or postal-proxy vote pack, this video may be helpful to you.

Proxy voting

If you would like to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, you will need to complete a proxy vote application form (PDF File, 465kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022 if it is to be effective for these elections. If you appoint a proxy to vote in person for you, you can still vote yourself, but ONLY if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf. This form must not be completed with an electronic signature. You can complete and return this form to the address shown on the form or scan the completed form and email to: voting@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk. If you cannot print this form please contact us.

For more information on absent voting, please visit our voting page.

Candidates

If you intend to stand as a candidate you must complete a nomination paper, consent to nomination and any other relevant forms. These should be submitted by 4pm on Friday 21 January 2022.

Collingham County Division Candidates Nomination Pack (PDF File, 333kb)

Collingham District Ward Candidates Nomination Pack (PDF File, 332kb)

A prospective candidate may request a prepared nomination paper for signature. If so, please contact the Elections Office on 01636 655222 or 01636 655243 or by email at voting@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk.

A guide for candidates and election agents is available to download from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Notice of election

The Notice of Election documents can be found below and gives the date in which prospective candidates must submit a nomination paper and consent to nomination.

Collingham County Division Notice of Election (PDF File, 420kb)

Collingham District Ward Notice of Election (PDF File, 432kb)

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Statement of Persons Nominated will be published, no later than 4pm on Monday 24 January 2022.

Notice of Election Agents

The Notice of Election Agents will be published as soon as possible following the close of nominations.

Notice of Poll, including polling places

The Notice of Poll will be published, no later than Wednesday 9 February 2022. This notice gives details of the remaining validly nominated candidates following last date for a candidate to withdraw and the polling places to be used.

Counting of the votes

Firstly, the ballot boxes will be verified to ensure that the number of ballot papers in each box is the number that has been issued. Postal ballot papers that are to be included in the count will also be verified. Once all votes are verified, the ballot papers will be sorted and counted for each candidate.

The verification of the ballot boxes and counting of the votes for the Collingham County Division and Collingham District Ward by-elections will take place at Collingham War Memorial Hall, Collingham, Newark, NG23 7LB, following the close of poll.

The Declaration of Result of Polls will be published as soon as possible following the count.