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Make Your Voice Heard - Register and Vote in May

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Make your voice heard and register to vote in upcoming Chichester District Council elections

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Residents of Chichester District are being reminded to register to vote and ensure their voice is heard in this May’s local elections. Voters will be able to have their say at the ballot box on Thursday 2 May and elect a councillor for every ward in the Chichester District. Parish council elections are also taking place. Following a boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, this year’s elections will be the first with 36 seats, a reduction from 48 in the last election in 2015.

Registering only takes five minutes, and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

“Make sure your voice is heard this election and register to vote before Friday 12 April 2019,” says Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer and Returning Officer at Chichester District Council.  “Councillors make hundreds of important decisions about how your local council services are run each year and are responsible for over 80 different services, many of which impact your life every day.

“It’s especially important to remember to register to vote if you have just turned 18, or if you have moved house recently.”

Anyone who is unable to register online or who may need extra help registering can contact the council’s Elections team to request a form or for other support, by calling 01243 521010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Residents who will be unable to get to a polling station on Thursday 2 May are also able to apply to vote by post or proxy by contacting the council’s Elections team on the details above or by visiting www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

Voting by proxy means that a nominated person can vote on someone else’s behalf, if they are unable to vote on the day of the election. This could be because they have a disability that makes it difficult to do so, or if they are working on the day. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Monday, 15 April and to vote by proxy, it is 5pm Wednesday 24 April.

More information about the upcoming elections is available at www.chichester.gov.uk/elections.

Remember, to vote in the District and Parish Council elections you must be:

  • registered to vote
  • 18 years old or over on polling day; and
  • also be one of the following: a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union; a resident in the UK; and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

The following cannot vote in a council election:

  • anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election; and
  • anyone registered as an overseas voter

A Reminder to Vote on 2nd May

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Make your voice heard and register to vote in upcoming Chichester District Council elections

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Residents reminded to make their voice heard and vote

Residents of Chichester District are being reminded to make sure their voice is heard by voting on Thursday 2 May when district and parish elections will be taking place.

Following a boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, this year’s elections will be the first with 36 seats, a reduction from 48 in the last election in 2015.

A total of 83 polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. The count for the district and parish elections will be held at Westgate Leisure Centre on Friday 3 May, with results announced throughout the day.

“Preparing for district and parish elections is a huge task for councils across the country,” says Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer and Returning Officer at Chichester District Council.

“People from across the district will be working hard over the two days to make sure everything goes smoothly, from polling clerks to those counting the votes. I’d like to thank all of these people in advance, because without their help this would not be possible.  It is so important residents exercise their right to vote and have their say on how local public services are run. A full list of polling stations and details of how to vote can be found on our website.  “We’ll be updating our website and social media sites with the results as they come through, so be sure to look out for your ward results.”

More information about the upcoming elections is available at www.chichester.gov.uk/elections.

Let's Talk Housing

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Chichester District Council is conducting a Housing Strategy consultation, which is now live and open for responses.

The deadline for responses is 15 March 2019. More information about the consultation and the online survey can be found by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkhousing

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