District and Parish by-election 21 October 2021

Following the death of Councillor Mrs Kathleen Arnold, a request has now been received to fill the vacancy for the Rainworth South & Blidworth Ward of Newark & Sherwood District Council by a poll.

Following the death of Parish Councillor Mrs Kathleen Arnold, a request has now been received to fill the vacancy for the Parish of Blidworth – North Ward by a poll.

By-elections are due to be held on Thursday 21 October 2021. If contested, 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.

The current register was last published on 1 December 2020. 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 by Tuesday 5 October 2021 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.

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, 235kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021 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, 488kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021 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 12 October 2021 if we receive the completed application by 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

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.

A video put together by Print Image Network demonstrates how to complete your postal or postal-proxy vote pack

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, 469kb). This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021 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.

Appointing an emergency proxy

If you have become unable to vote in person since the deadline to apply to appoint a proxy on Wednesday 13 October 2021 because of either illness or due to employment, you can apply for an emergency proxy. This application form should be completed and returned to us by 5pm on polling day if it is to be effective for 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

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 24 September 2021.

Rainworth South and Blidworth District Ward candidates nomination pack (PDF File, 333kb)

Parish of Blidworth - North Ward candidates nomination pack (PDF File, 287kb)

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 will be published on Thursday 16 September 2021 and gives the date in which prospective candidates must submit a nomination paper and consent to nomination.

Rainworth South and Blidworth District Ward Notice of Election (PDF File, 433kb)

Parish of Blidworth - North Ward Notice of Election (PDF File, 417kb)

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Statement of Persons Nominated will be published, no later than 4pm on Monday 27 September 2021.

Rainworth South & Blidworth District Ward Statement of Persons Nominated (PDF File, 431kb)

Parish of Blidworth – North Ward Statement of Persons Nominated (PDF File, 419kb)

Notice of Election Agents

The Notice of Election Agents for the District Ward by-election will be published as soon as possible following the close of nominations.

Rainworth South & Blidworth District Ward Notice of Election Agents (PDF File, 443kb)

Notice of Poll, including polling places

The Notice of Poll will be published, no later than Wednesday 13 October 2021. 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:

Rainworth South & Blidworth District Ward Notice of Poll (PDF File, 447kb)

Parish of Blidworth – North Ward Notice of Poll (PDF File, 429kb)

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 Rainworth South & Blidworth District Ward and Parish of Blidworth – North Ward by-elections will take place at Blidworth Methodist Church, Main Street, Blidworth, NG21 0QD, following the close of poll.