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Voting and Elections

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

To vote in any type of election you must be registered to vote. We understand that there have been messages put on social media saying that people need to re-register to vote. This is not the case. If you have already registered to vote for the elections, then you do not need to re-register. If you are unsure please telephone 01246 242422. 

2015 Parliamentary, District and Parish Elections

On Thursday 7th May 2015, elections were held to elect the Member of Parliament for the Bolsover Constituency and also for your local District and Parish Councillors. 

The results for the various elections have been declared and posted here.

The names of the candidates that had submitted valid nomination papers are available to view below along with details of the candidates' election agents. 


Question- In terms of personal expenses of the candidates, do these include the candidates mileage for campaigning mileage?  If so at what rate?  Should the HMRC rate of 45p be used?  This is in relation to both Parliamentary and Local candidates.

Answer -  The costs of petrol will be a personal expense if used for the candidate’s travel. We don’t offer a figure – candidates should make an honest assessment of what’s fair according to how much travelling they do and what they pay.

Question - In relation to uncontested Local elections, should the candidates submit a nil return?

Answer - All candidates need to provide a return even if it’s a nil one.


To make sure you are eligible to vote 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. 


Annual Canvass 2016

The annual canvass for the register of electors commenced on 19 July with household enquiry forms being posted to every property in the District.

Our canvassers will now be visiting non-responding households to collect this information from this weekend (26 August). All canvassers appointed by us have been issued with a formal identity card and have been instructed to show this to anyone they visit, the public should also be advised to check this before supplying any information or letting anyone into their homes.

We would be very grateful if you would please complete these forms.

Each year from about mid July every household in Bolsover District will receive a Household Enquiry form, which is also known as the annual canvass.  The information we gather from this enables us to produce the new electoral register and ensures that everyone who should be entitled to vote can do so.

If you are not included on the electoral roll you will not be able to vote so it is important that you provide us with up to date information on the occupants of your address.  You can't vote until you reach the age of 18 but any 16 or 17 year olds in your household should be included on the form.  You should not include any children under the age of 16.

All of the major credit checking agencies use the electoral roll to verify your details when you apply for a mortgage, loan or other credit agreement.  If you are not on the electoral roll you are likely to have problems in obtaining any form of credit.

When you receive your Household Enquiry Form, please check this carefully to ensure it is correct and advise us of any changes that need to be made.   The form will include details of the various ways of how you can do this.  Please respond without delay as this will mean we need to send out fewer reminders which will help us to keep costs down.

EU Referendum

Bolsover District EU Referendum result

The Referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union took place on 23rd June 2016. The results are as follows:

Total number of ballot papers counted = 41,999

The number of votes cast in favour of REMAIN = 12,242

The number of votes cast in favour of LEAVE = 29,730

The total number of ballot papers rejected = 27

 Declaration statement (253kb)

 To see the results for the East Midlands, other Regions and the UK result please click here.

EU Referendum

Notice of Referendum (14kb)

Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations (30kb)

Notice of Referendum Agents' Names and Addresses (13kb)





Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

The electoral registration system in Great Britain changed from 10 June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (or IER).

1. What is individual electoral registration?
Previously, the head of the household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at the address. Since 10 June 2014, every individual is responsible for their own voter registration.

2.  What is different about the new system?
As well as individuals taking responsibility for their own registration, the other difference is that people need to provide a few more details about themselves to register. These are date of birth and national insurance number.  You can find your national insurance number on your national insurance number card, payslips or letters regarding benefits, tax credits or pensions.  If you don't know your national insurance number, you can contact Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and they will send you your national insurance number through the post.  You can contact them via www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number or on their telephone helpline 0300 200 3502.

3. Why has the system changed?
Individual Electoral Registration gives you the right and responsibility to register yourself, instead of giving the responsibility to the head of the household. It encourages people to take individual responsibility for their own vote. The change also allows more convenient methods of registration, for example, online registration. Because the new system asks you for your national insurance number and date of birth before you are added to the register, the electoral register is more secure and more resistant to threats of electoral fraud.

4. How can I find out more about IER?
You can also find out more information at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, www.electoralcommission.org.uk and  www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview.

5. How do I register?
You can register on line at www.gov.uk/registertovote or contact us for a registration form on 01246242424.

6. What is the Electoral Register?
The electoral register includes the name and address of every person in the district who is registered to vote.  There are two versions of the register:

The full register - lists everyone who is registered to vote.  This version of the register is used for electoral purposes, crime prevention and detection (including fraud), credit checking and jury service selection.  It is unlawful for the full register to be used for any other purpose than those outlined in law and can be inspected at the Council's Offices under supervision of staff.

The open register  - can be bought by any person or organisation for purposes such as direct marketing.  Your details will be included on this version of the register unless you tell us that you wish to opt out.  You can do this by contacting us on 01246 242424 or by ticking the appropriate box on your paper or online application form.  This is also an individual responsibility so you cannot do this on someone else's behalf.

Local by elections

Results and notices in respect of local by elections in Bolsover District are highlighted below: 

Parish Council Vacancy – Pleasley

Due to the resignation of a parish councillor, a vacancy has arisen for Pleasley Parish Council. Please see Notice of Vacancy for further details

Clowne Parish Council (South Ward) - 16th February 2017

An election was held on 16th February 2017 for the South Ward of Clowne Parish Council. Ross Walker was duly elected. The full details of the number of votes cast is available on the Declaration of Result of Poll

Police & Crime Commissioner Election

Police and Crime Commissioner Election Local Results

Elections for a Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) took place Thursday 5th of May 2016. The verification and count process for Bolsover District is complete.

Police Area 1st count statement (36kb)

Police Area 2nd count statement (35kb

Police Area verification statement (591kb)

Updated 7th May 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Elections for a Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will take place Thursday 5th of May 2016.

Voters in 41 police force areas in England & Wales, excluding London, will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for their force area.

Visit the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner website and Derby City Council website for further information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Registration and Absent Voting Arrangements for this Election

The last date for applications to register in time to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election was Monday 18th April 2016.  If you were not registered on the electoral roll at this date you will not be able to vote in this election.  You can still register at any time by going online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or requesting an application form at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postal voting applications must have been received by 5pm on Tuesday 19th April and proxy applications by 5pm on Tuesday 26th April.  The first issue of postal votes will be sent out around 19th April, however if you applied for your postal vote after 7th April (the date we had to send our data to our printers), yours will be sent out in the second issue.  The second issuse is processed after the deadline for applications has passed and will be posted out around 25th or 26th April.  You should bear this in mind when you consider which absent voting arrangements to put in place as it may be more appropriate for you to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

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 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. Further Amendments made in 2015/16.

Maps showing the current ward boundaries.

Ault Hucknall (5.29MB) Barlborough (4.69MB) Blackwell (4.51MB)
Bolsover (4.93MB) Clowne (4.4MB) Elmton with Creswell (3.78MB)
Glapwell (2.69MB) Hodthorpe and Belph (3.73MB) Pinxton (4.69MB)
Pleasley (4.55MB) Scarcliffe (6.08MB) Shirebrook (4.63MB)
South Normanton (5.48MB) Tibshelf (5.14MB) Whitwell (3.91MB)



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;

ii) You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed data to third parties in any form.

 By opening the .pdf maps you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.

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:

  • Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of the European Union.
  • Be 18 years of age or more on the date of nomination
  • Not be disqualified from holding office

Candidates also have to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • They must be included on the electoral register and be a local government elector for the area on the date of nominations and thereafter.
  • They must have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or other premises in the area during the twelve months prior to nominations.
  • Their principal or only place of work must have been in the area for the previous twelve months.
  • They must have resided in the area for the whole of the previous twelve months.
  • For parish elections, they must have resided in the area, or within three miles of the area for the whole of the previous twelve months.
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:

  • Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Be 18 years of age or more on the date of nomination
  • Not be disqualified from holding office
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 supply the required information under the Representation of the People Regulations (2001).

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.  The simplest way to register is by going online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  It only takes a few minutes to register but you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand as you won't be able to complete your application without it.

Elections in 2017

The next scheduled elections will be the Derbyshire County Council elections on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Postal Vote
Anyone included in the Register of Electors may apply for a postal vote (16kb). You can apply for a postal vote at any time and they are valid for a period fof 5 years unless you cancel it or you move house.   If you become aware that you will not be able to vote at your polling station for a particular election, you should apply for a postal vote as soon as possible.  The deadline for applications to be received is at 5pm on the 11th working day prior to polling day.  Postal votes can be sent to an address outside the UK - for example if you are going on holiday - but remember that it will take time to get there and for you to return it in time for the vote to be counted.

Postal ballot papers are normally sent out a week or two before polling day (depending on when you send in your postal voting application), so if you will not be at home around that time you should consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Proxy Vote
You may still be able to vote even if you are unable to get to your polling station on election day by applying for a proxy vote (17kb). (A proxy is someone who votes on your behalf). For example:

  • If you will be away on holiday (in the UK or abroad)
  • If your work takes you away from home
  • If you are ill or in hospital

 If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, he or she must be:

  • Willing to vote on your behalf
  • A registered elector
  • A British citizen or citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, or for local government and European Parliamentary elections, a citizen of the European Union
  • Old enough to vote and legally allowed to vote.

Armed Forces Personnel
If you are a member of the Armed Forces and are registered as an elector, you will be entitled to vote in Parliamentary, Local and European Elections in the UK.

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 (47kb) 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.

Overseas Voters

If you are a British National living overseas you are entitled to vote in UK General Elections and European Parliamentary Elections for up to 15 years after you were last registered in the UK. Overseas electors cannot vote at local government elections. If you are in the armed forces or or crown personnel (59kb) this does not apply to you.

In order to register as an overseas voter (54kb) 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 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 they were registered and 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 to two weeks before polling day (depending on when you made your application), 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.

 Electoral Register
The Electoral Register contains the names and addresses of all those who have registered to vote within the Bolsover constituency.

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:

  1. The Full Register lists everybody who is eligible to vote, copies are available at our Contact Centres for public inspection in accordance with legal requirements. Inspection of the register is strictly under supervision and only written notes can be taken. You will not be permitted to photocopy or take images of any part of the register. It is not permissible for an electronic search to be carried out.
  2. The edited version leaves out names and addresses of people who have made a request to be excluded from this version of the register. The edited version can be bought by anyone for any purpose.

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 four to six weeks 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.

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