Voting

If your name appears on the Register of Electors and you are eligible to vote in an election, you will receive a poll card advising you of the date, your polling place and the time polling stations will be open before the election is held.

Your poll card is only for information and you can vote without it. However, it will help the staff at the polling station to check your details before you are given a ballot paper.

Postal voting

You can choose to vote by post if you are unable to attend your polling station or prefer to vote in this way. You will need to complete a postal vote application form (PDF File, 235kb). This form must not be completed with an electronic signature. Applications can be for all elections, specific elections or for a specified period of time. If you cannot print this form, please contact us.  

If you wish to apply for a postal vote for a forthcoming election, applications must be returned by the date indicated on your poll card or shown on the election webpage.

Postal ballot papers can be sent to your home address or any other address you specify. Please remember that if you would like your postal vote sending overseas, then you must consider whether there would be enough time to receive the ballot paper and return it before the close of poll on the day of the election.

Proxy voting

You can appoint a proxy, which is someone to vote on your behalf, if you are unable to attend your polling station. You will need to complete a proxy vote application form (PDF File, 236kb). This form must not be completed with an electronic signature. Applications can be for all elections, specific elections or for a specified period of time. If you cannot print this form please contact us.

If you wish to apply to appoint a proxy for a forthcoming election, applications must be returned by the date indicated on your poll card or shown on the election webpage. You would need to inform your proxy how you wish to vote. The person acting as your proxy would vote for you at your usual polling station.

You could still vote in person, but only if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf. If your proxy cannot vote at your usual polling station, they can apply to vote as a postal-proxy. If so, you will not be able to vote in person at your polling station.

Absent Vote Signature Refresh

New legislation came into force in 2007 requiring Absent Voters (i.e. those who vote by post) to provide a signature and date of birth (personal identifiers) when they first apply. Your personal identifiers are always kept separate from your ballot paper, so no-one knows how you have voted. When you are sent a postal ballot paper, you provide your date of birth and signature again so they can be matched against those that you gave us when you applied. This helps to ensure that no-one else is using your vote. If they do not match, your vote cannot be counted.

An important part of these security measures is providing a fresh specimen signature every 5 years. The legislation requires the Electoral Registration Officer to carry out an annual refresh of signatures by 31 January (this could change in some years) of every person who remains an absent voter and whose signature is more than five years old.

When you receive this important information about your absent vote, please read it carefully and respond as soon as possible. If you do not respond in 3 weeks the law say that you must be sent a reminder and this will cost the council money.

If you fail to respond within 6 weeks of the date of the first letter, your existing absent vote will be cancelled and you will have to vote in person or make a new application.

If you no longer want to vote an absent vote, please contact us to cancel it in order to avoid any unnecessary reminders.

When are elections held?

UK Parliamentary Elections are held every five years. The last General Election took place on 7 May 2015.

European Parliamentary Elections are held every five years. The last European Elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Police Crime Commissioner Elections are held every four years. The last Police Crime Commissioner Elections took place on 5 May 2016.

County Council Elections are held every four years. The last County Council Elections took place on 2 May 2013.

District Council Elections are held every four years. The last District Council Elections took place on 7 May 2015.

Parish and Town Council Elections are held every four years. The last Parish and Town Council Elections took place on 7 May 2015 and are held in combination with District Council Elections.

By-elections and referendums can take place at any time and will be included in the latest news section.

Polling Places

Newark & Sherwood District Council is made up of 21 wards.

A review of the wards took place in 2014 by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and their final recommendations were in place for the elections in May 2015.

You can either see a Map of all Wards (PDF File, 3,268kb) or you can select from the list below to view a map of each ward.

Balderton North & Coddington (PDF File, 5,283kb)
Balderton South (PDF File, 3,650kb)
Beacon (Newark) (PDF File, 5,937kb)
Bilsthorpe (PDF File, 3,284kb)
Boughton (PDF File, 4,117kb)
Bridge (Newark) (PDF File, 5,048kb)
Castle (Newark) (PDF File, 4,567kb)
Collingham (PDF File, 7,147kb)
Devon (Newark) (PDF File, 4,490kb)
Dover Beck (PDF File, 7,634kb)
Edwinstowe & Clipstone (PDF File, 4,376kb)
Farndon & Fernwood (PDF File, 7,081kb)
Farnsfield (PDF File, 3,303kb)
Lowdham (PDF File, 3,919kb)
Muskham (PDF File, 4,445kb)
Ollerton (PDF File, 6,109kb)
Rainworth North & Rufford (PDF File, 6,079kb)
Rainworth South & Blidworth (PDF File, 5,110kb)
Southwell (PDF File, 5,645kb)
Sutton-on-Trent (PDF File, 6,216kb)
Trent (PDF File, 5,859kb)

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