Countdown starts to the local elections
AN election for parish, town and district councils across North Somerset will be held on May 3. Elections will be held for all 61
AN election for parish, town and district councils across North Somerset will be held on May 3.Elections will be held for all 61 seats on North Somerset Council and 442 seats on the district 39 parish and town councils.To be able to vote in May's elections you must be on the electoral register, aged 18 or over and be a British, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.Anyone wanting to add their name to the electoral register must do so before 5pm on April 18.Applications are available from North Somerset Council's electoral services team on 01934 634909.There are a number of different ways to vote, in person, by post or by proxy and people can vote in person at their local polling station on May 3 between 7am and 10pm.Anyone who wants to vote by post needs to fill in an application and send it to electoral services, North Somerset Council by 5pm on April 18. The postal ballot papers will be sent out on April 23 and must be returned before voting closes at 10pm on May 3.To vote by proxy people need to fill out an application form and return it to electoral services, North Somerset Council by 5pm on April 21.All the information about the polling station will be on the poll card which will be sent out in early April.Locations of polling stations will be featured on the council's website at www.n-somerset.gov.ukThe deadline for candidates standing at the election is April 4 at 12noon and a full list will be published by April 10 on the council's website.Election counts for North Somerset Council will take place after the polls close on May 3 at 10pm. The counts will go on long into the night and be completed on May 4 when the results will be published.The town and parish counts will take place after the North Somerset results are declared and are likely to carry on into May 4.These will be published on the council's website on May 8.