With time running out before polling day, we want to make sure candidates and agents are ready for the elections. You should have all of your deadlines marked out for expenses and to ensure your candidate is registered.
Don’t forget to check your area’s elections timetable. Please consider the impact of Bank Holidays on your campaigning and any external printing.
Here are some of the key ones in order:
- 26 March – Last day for publication of notice of election
- 27 March – The first day your election expenses can start
- 3 April (4pm) – Deadline for your nomination forms to be with your elections office (DO NOT LEAVE TO THE DEADLINE – hand in on 26 March instead)
- 3 April (4pm) – Deadline for your notification of agents form (DO NOT LEAVE TO THE DEADLINE – hand in on 26 March instead)
- 4 April (4pm) – Publication of statements of persons nominated (list of all candidates)
- 12 April – The last date you can apply to register to vote
- 15 April (5pm) – Deadline for applying for a postal or postal proxy vote or to change existing ones (not emergency proxy)
- 24 April (5pm) – Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy
- 25 April – Deadline for the appointment of counting agents and polling agents (DO NOT LEAVE TO THE DEADLINE)
- 26 April – First date that one can apply for a replacement postal vote.
- May 2 – POLLING DAY (polls open 7am to 10pm)
- Expenses – Delivery of expenses return varies (if result declared on Thursday 2 May then expenses in by 6 June; if 3 May declaration deadline 7 June)
- NO FIXED DATE – Postal votes sent out by council. This date varies significantly between councils. It is important that you ask this question of your elections office and double check nearer the time they say
The following paperwork needs to be completed correctly and submitted on time:
- Nomination papers
- Candidate’s consent to nomination
- Candidates address form
- Deposit (not for locals)
- Form for the appointment of the agent
- Delegated Nominating Officer (DNO) paperwork (for use of the party name and logo on the ballot paper)
The golden rules:
- Talk to your Returning Officer and find out what they will and won’t accept, and arrange a meeting for an informal check before the deadlines
- Get your papers submitted in time so that you can deal with any mistakes and problems
- If you run into serious problems, check with us (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 212 1012)
Download nomination papers including candidate consent to nomination and agent notification forms – ward specific nomination papers will be available from your council.
Download Certificate of Authorisation / Delegated Nominating Officer (DNO) form England – ALDC recommends you use this version rather than the one supplied by your council.
We have a handy expenses tracker spreadsheet for the campaign. Download it.
The limit in England for local elections is £740 + 6p per elector.
“Per elector” means every elector shown on the register as in force on the last day for publication of notice of election. Voters who may not vote in the relevant election, e.g. EU citizen voters who may not vote in a UK Parliamentary Election, should be excluded from the calculations for that election. However, ‘rising 18-year-olds’ who are on the register but will not attain voting age by election day can be included. However, it is not a good idea to run so close to the expense limit that this small number will be critical.
Check and agree a total with your Returning Officer before you start the election. Be aware though, that identifying the correct expenses limit is the responsibility of the agent. If you are given wrong advice by the Returning Officer or other officers, this would not be a valid defence if you then overspent as a result. More information is available for England.
ELECTION LAW HELPLINE
We are running an Election Law Helpline service for the party throughout the 2019 election period and we cover all of the elections. It’s vital that everyone in the Party stays on the right side of the law throughout the campaign.
There are three ways you can access our advice:
- By email – Non-ALDC members can use our election law service but only by email. Please email your queries to email@example.com and we’ll make sure that the most appropriate person deals with your query as quickly as possible.
- By phone – ALDC members can email or phone us on 0161 212 1012 between 9.30am–5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, please leave an answerphone message and we will get back in touch as soon as we can.
- Online – ALDC members are able to browse our Advice FAQ Articles which contain the answers to many election law queries.
We promise to try to deal with all advice requests as soon as possible. Our normal standard is that advice requests received before 2pm on a working day are dealt with that day; and requests received after 2pm, will be dealt with the following morning. However, please be patient with us during busy periods.
We are not lawyers and we’ll not be able to give formal legal opinion, but we can help talk you through the issues and what needs to be considered.
There are systems in place for more complex and urgent cases to be referred to specialist advisers elsewhere. We will advise you if this is what we intend to do with your query.