There are several types of elections that have an impact upon local government. These are Local government elections (parish, district, county); Parliamentary (General) elections and European Parliament elections
With any election you must be registered to vote.
2015 Parliamentary, District and Parish Elections
On Thursday 7th May 2015, elections will be held to elect the Member of Parliament for the Bolsover Constituency and also for your local District and Parish Councillors.
To make sure you are eligible to vote in these elections you must be registered on the electoral roll. To check if you are registered, please contact the Elections Team on 01246 242424. You are not automatically registered to vote because you pay Council Tax, you must have made a separate application to be included on the register. Alternatively, you can register on line. You will need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number when you register. Applications to register must be received by no later than Monday 20th April 2015 if you wish to vote in the elections on 7th May. If you are already registered, you should receive a poll card advising you of the date of the election and of the location of your designated polling station. These should start to be received after the Bank Holiday on 6th April.
If you are likely to be on holiday on the day of the election, you can apply to vote by post up to 5pm on Tuesday 21st April 2015. Contact the Elections Team on 01246 242424 for an application form. Postal votes are likely to be despatched around the 21st April 2015 so if you are unlikely to have time to receive your postal vote before you go away it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Applications to vote by proxy need to be received by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 28th April 2015.
If you wish to stand as a candidate in these elections, comprehensive guidance can be found on the Electoral Commission's website. You need to complete nomination papers to stand as a District (98kb) or Parish (89kb) Councillor which can be downloaded from here or from the Electoral Commission's website. You can also request a paper copy from the (Acting) Returning Officer, The Arc, High Street, Clowne. Examples of how to complete the district (211kb), parish (204kb) and warded parish (204kb) nomination papers are also availbel to view.
To submit your nomination papers, please contact the Head of Election Services on 01246 242422 to arrange an appointment. The approximate dates and times (19kb) for these to be checked are available.
The valid nomination papers must be received by the (Acting) Returning Officer at The Arc, High Street, Clowne, by 4pm on Thursday 9th April 2015.
Electoral Commission Guidance
District Council Elections
Parish Council Elections
The current and forthcoming elections in Bolsover District are highlighted below:
District Council Election - Bolsover North West Ward
An election was held on Thursday 8 January 2015 for the above ward. Labour candidate Susan Statter was elected. The results can be seen in the declaration of poll result (306kb).
Old Bolsover Town Council Election - Bolsover North West Ward
Parish Council Vacancy - South Normanton East Parish
As no request for an election was received in respect of the South Normanton East Parish Vacancy this was filled by co-option. Please contact the Clerk to South Normanton Parish Council for further information.
Vacancy for a Parish Councillor - Hodthorpe and Belph Parish Council
As no request for an election was received for the Hodthorpe and Belph Parish Council vacancy, this will be filled by co-option. Please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council for further details.
Bolsover District Council and local Parish Councils
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
The electoral registration system in Great Britain has changed from 10 June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (or IER).
1. What is individual electoral registration?
2. Do I need to do anything?
3. What is different about the new system?
4. Why is the system changing?
5. How can I find out more about IER?
Polling Districts and Places Review
To comply with the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006 (as amended), every council in England and Wales must undertake a review (151kb) of all of the polling districts and polling places in its area by Monday 31 January 2015, with our review (151kb). Our review commenced on Monday 4 November 2013 and concluded on 2nd January 2014.
Electors, councillors and organisations/individuals with a particular expertise or interest were invited to comment on the proposed arrangements. The revised arrangements (35kb) which were agreed at Council on Thursday 16th January 2014 have now been published which took account of observations and comments received as part of the review.
A schedule of the current arrangements can be inspected here, along with the consultation document (216kb). It can also be viewed at the Council Offices in Clowne or Contact Centres in Bolsover, Shirebrook and South Normanton. Amendments to the schedule (17kb) made under Delegated Powers have now been published.
Maps showing the current ward boundaries.
These maps are for viewing only as they contain data supplied by Ordnance Survey and are therefore protected by copyright law. Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions:
i) You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free, revocable licence solely to view the Licensed Data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which Bolsover District Council makes it available;
By opening the .pdf maps you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
Within this section you can get past elections results from:
The results notice (287kb) is also available to download.
Please note that results for the 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections for the East Midlands Region are published on Kettering Borough Council's website.
Below are the results counted and verified at present for the district council.
Below are the results counted and verified at present for the parish and town council's.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 08:06
Standing As A Candidate
Prior to any election, prospective candidates must meet certain criteria before they are allowed to stand as a candidate.
Local election candidates
To qualify as a candidate for local elections you must:
Candidates also have to meet one or more of the following criteria:
A candidate for all local elections must complete a nomination paper in order to stand for election. The nomination paper has to be signed by the requisite number of electors who live within the electoral ward, parish or division and must be returned by the statutory deadline together with the candidate’s consent to nomination.
Although most candidates are nominated through a political party, individuals can stand for election in their own right. Candidates must submit a return of expenses detailing expenditure on items such as advertising, transport and attending public meetings.
Parliamentary and European Parliamentary candidates
To qualify as a candidate for UK Parliamentary elections you must:
A candidate for a UK Parliamentary election must complete a nomination paper in order to stand for election. The nomination paper has to be signed by ten electors of the constituency.
Candidates also have to submit a deposit of £500 which will be refunded only if the candidate receives more than 5% of the total votes cast in the election.
The same qualifications apply for European Parliamentary elections as for a UK Parliamentary election with the addition that the candidate has to be a citizen of a country within the European Union.
There is no requirement for a nomination paper to be submitted for these elections but a £5000 deposit is required which is refunded only if the candidate receives more than 2.5% of the total votes cast for the electoral region.
Voting in European Parliamentary elections is based on proportional representation. For all other elections it is a first past the post system. A person becomes a candidate at an election on the day on which they submit a valid nomination paper / their paper is declared valid. If a person makes it known in advance of the election that they are going to be a candidate, they will become a candidate on the last day for publication of the notice of election.
In order to vote in UK elections and referendums, you need to apply to have your name included on the electoral register. This is known as registering to vote. It is a legal requirement to register.
If you are not registered you will not be able to vote at any election. You are not automatically registered even if you pay Council Tax. You can register to vote if you are 16 years old or over, and a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen. If you are 16 or 17, you can register now but you are not allowed to vote until you are 18.
Postal ballot papers are normally sent out about a week before polling day, so if you will not be at home around that time you should consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.
If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, he or she must be:
Service personnel and their spouses resident in the UK may register in either of two ways. They may be included as an ordinary elector by completing an individual registration application, or they may register as service voters.
In order to register as a service voter you will need to complete a service declaration (28kb) every 5 years, which will be the best option if you are likely to be posted overseas. If you are likely to be posted overseas, it is advisable to apply to vote by post or by proxy.
In order to register as an overseas voter you will need to contact the electoral registration office at the local council covering the address for where you were last registered within the UK. If the last UK address you were registered at was in the Bolsover District you can register (87kb) with us or contact us at Elections Team, Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Derbyshire, S43 4JY.
If you have never been registered as an elector in the UK, you will not be eligible to register as an overseas voter. However, if you left the UK before you were 18 years of age you can register at your parents or guardians' address, provided that you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.
Overseas electors should also apply to vote by post or proxy. Postal votes are sent out approximately one week before polling day, so if you are not likely to be able to receive and return a postal vote in that time, you should consider appointing a proxy
Students who are away at university or college can remain registered at their family home and may also register at their student accommodation. It is however an offence to vote twice in the same election. Students may also wish to consider the option of a postal vote.
Many of the major credit firms check your address against the electoral register and you may be refused a loan, mobile phone agreement, mortgage, bank account, etc, if you are not registered. It is also your chance to have your say about how your local council or the government is run.
Every August/September, a form is issued to each household in the district requesting the names of those residing in the house who are eligible to vote. Information on how to complete the Household Enquiry Form is included on the form.
Reminders are issued to households who have not responded and the revised Electoral Register is usually published on 1st December each year.
Two versions are prepared:
If you move house after the register is published on 1st December, you can apply to be registered in respect of your new address under the Rolling Registration procedures which takes approximately one month to take effect. You can register online at your new address at www.gov.uk/registertovote or alternatively contact us for a printed form. Once an election has been called and you find out that you are not currently registered you can apply to register up to 12 days before the election.
If you would like to search historic copies of Electoral Registers, for instance, if you are researching your family tree, these are held by the British Library.