The official countdown to local elections in the Mansfield district began on Thursday with the Publication of the Notice of Election.
Voters in the Mansfield District could be voting in as many as three elections and one referendum on 5th May - the Mansfield District Mayoral elections, the Mansfield District Council elections, Warsop Parish Council elections and the
Alternative Voting system (AV) national referendum.
Residents not yet registered to vote who want to vote at the elections and referendum must register by 14th April. If you’re already registered but would like a postal or proxy vote, you also need to apply by that date.
Voters are being reminded that the ward they live in and the polling station they vote at may be different. Details of when and where to vote will be included on poll cards, posted to every registered voter within the next week.
The changes are due to a major review of ward boundaries which come into effect at these elections. The changes will see the district divided up into 36 new wards which will each be served by one councillor. Currently there are 19 wards, with two or three councillors for each. The total number of councillors is being reduced from 46 to 36.
Candidates who want to stand for election as Mayor, a District Councillor or Parish Councillor have until 12noon on 4 April to submit their nomination papers.
Although the official start of the elections period did not begin until yesterday, preparations for the election have been on-going for many months.
Ruth Marlow, Managing Director and Returning Officer at Mansfield District Council, said: “For the Council’s elections team to be organising three separate elections and a referendum on the same day is unprecedented. In addition we are working to new ward boundaries and implementing a review of our polling stations.
“These are very important elections and I would like local people to take part. It is your opportunity to decide who you want to represent you, champion your community and make decisions which have an impact on the lives of everyone in your area and across the district.
“With regard to the AV Referendum, the Electoral Commission will be issuing a booklet to every household during week commencing 4 April; please read it and take time to consider the arguments for and against so you can make an informed decision at the ballot box or when voting by post.”
Further information about local elections in the Mansfield district and the national referendum is available at www.mansfield.gov.uk/elections or by calling the Elections team on 01623 463345.