General Election 6th May 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

 Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION

ANSWER

 

What elections are taking place in Harborough District?

 

 

The Parliamentary (General) Election will take place on 6th May 2010. Harborough District is split into three constituencies which will each return their own member of parliament

 

Which constituency will I vote in?

 

 

Click here to view the map showing the three constituency areas.

 

Where can I get a nomination pack to stand in the elections?

 

  • Harborough Constituency - Contact Oadby & Wigston Council - 0116 2572604
  • Rutland & Melton Constituency - Contact Melton Borough Council - 01664 502400
  • South Leicestershire Constituency - Contact Blaby District Council - 0116 2727509

 

Who is standing in these elections?

 

 

The notice of poll, (listing the candidates standing in each area if contested) will be published by 20th April 2010.  These notices will be displayed in the Council's Notice Board and on the Council's website.  This information will also be sent to Parish clerks.

 

 

Where is my polling station?

 

 

Poll cards will be posted out around the 14th April, the details of your polling station will be printed on the card.

 

 

What hours are the polling stations open?

 

 

The polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm

 

Am I too late to register to vote in the General Election?

 

 

To vote in the election you must register.  To do this you must contact the Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 828282.  Please note that receipt of completed application must be before 20th April 2010.

 

Are there any provisions for non English speakers?

 

 

The law states that all ballots must be in English although there are some guidance leaflets in some different languages available. For more information please check with your Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 828282

 

 

Can I vote by post?

 

Yes anyone can vote by post, we can give you a form which must be returned by no later than 5pm on 20th April for the General Election. Postal vote forms have changed you must remember to put your signature and your date of birth in the boxes provided.

 

If I am voting by post when will my postal ballot be sent out?

 

 

Your postal ballot will be sent out approx 10 days before the election. If it hasn't arrived by 29th April you can get a replacement ballot paper.  To do this you must contact the Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 828282

 

Why do I have to give my date of birth and signature on the postal vote statement?

 

 

You are now obliged to give your date of birth and sign this statement as a security measure. The details you give will be matched against your postal vote application form to ensure that all the details match, this is to combat postal vote fraud.

 

I haven't received a poll card can I still vote?

 

 

You do not need a poll card to vote at an election, as long as you are registered you can just go to the polling station and give your name and address to the poll staff.

 

Am I eligible to register?

 

If you are not sure it is recommended that you complete a registration form.  European electors are not eligible to vote in the General Election but you should still ensure that you are registered for any other type of elections.  You can do this by contacting the Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 828282

 

 

How can I check I am on the register?

 

 

You need to check the Public Register.  You can do this by contacting the Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 828282.