Following a review of the County Council boundaries, the register of electors has been republished. For more information please go to http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-council/electoralbound/
Parliamentary elections (also known as General Elections) are held every five years, with the next one scheduled for May 2020. The only exception to this five year rule is if the Government resigns and a new one is not formed within 14 days.
In this election, you are voting for someone to become your local Member of Parliament (MP), who will represent your views within the House of Commons. The MP who is supported by over half of all the MPs in the House of Commons will be appointed as Prime Minister and form the government to rule the country.
Local elections - County Council
Elections to the County Council take place every four years, during a year when there are no district Council elections. There are 77 Councillors on Hertfordshire County Council. The North Hertfordshire District area returns nine County Councillors.
Local elections - District Council
North Hertfordshire District councillors are also elected for four years, but the periods they serve are staggered. Approximately one third of the Council is up for election each year for three years. No district elections take place during the fourth year (a gap for holding County Council elections). Then the cycle starts again. There are 49 Councillors on North Hertfordshire District Council.
Local elections - Parish Council
Parish elections are held once every four years. There are 31 parish councils within the North Hertfordshire area and one Town council (Royston). Towns have the same functions as parishes (the designation "town" is ceremonial). In this election you are voting to elect parish councillors who will represent your views for the parish in which you live and raise a local tax (precept) to provide specific services for those living in the parish.
We live in the UK's Eastern Region of the European Parliamentary Area, which has seven seats in the European Parliament. European Elections are held every five years. The next one is scheduled for 2019.
Voting in this election means using a system of voting known as "Closed List Proportional Representation". You do not vote for an individual candidate but for a political party to represent your views in the European Parliament. By placing one cross (X) on your ballot paper, next to a political party, in this election, you are voting for all seven of that party's candidates.
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Registering to Vote
You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors - the register of people living in the North Hertfordshire district area who are entitled to vote. Individual Electoral Registration was introduced in June 2014, designed to make registration more convenient for the elector and better protect against electoral fraud.
What is different?
- Individual electors are now responsible for their own registration.
- Applicants will be asked to provide their date of birth and National Insurance number when registering
- New security measures - elector information will be verified with other government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
- Introduction of online registration to make registering to vote more convenient