2015 Local Election Timetable

The timetable for local elections is calculated by counting backwards from polling day. Local elections are usually held on the first Thursday in May, but…

ALDC Membership Benefits

Who can join ALDC? Any Liberal Democrat member can join ALDC. No matter what your role – councillor, candidate or campaigner (activist, organiser, agent, team…

Appointing an Agent

Appointing an agent Only the candidate can appoint the election agent (except in the case of party list elections, where the party appoints the agent).…

Apportionment of Expenses

Guidelines for the apportionment of expenses where there are multiple vacancies The key requirement is that it must be possible to demonstrate to the courts,…

Assisting Disabled Voters

Assisting disabled voters The Presiding Officer may assist blind, disabled or illiterate voters, or those physically unable to cast a vote. A large print ballot…

Bankruptcy

The law in England and Wales on bankruptcy was changed by the Enterprise Act 2002 s.267(1), amending the Local Government Act 1972 s.80(1)(b). The changes…

Building your Shuttleworth

Winning local elections is usually about differential turnouts In many places we don’t have a “natural” majority of the electorate. The key to winning locally…

By-Elections – Pre-Election Checklist

Pre-election checklist To think about … Let ALDC and Region know about your by election! Campaign team identified Agent/ Organiser in place Photo session completed?…

By-Elections – the election campaign itself

During the election campaign, the priorities should be getting literature through doors,canvassing (phone and doorstep), delivering your digital campaign and then finally getting your vote…

By-Elections – Timings

What is the timetable for a by-election based on? The timetable for a by election is based on: When the seat is declared vacant. This…

By-Elections – Your team and plans

Campaign team In local by-elections, often the team that works the hardest wins. The more activists you can get involved at all levels, the better…

Calculating Costs for Your Budget

Calculating costs for your budget Your budget will help you do two things: make sure there is the money there to pay for all the…

Call-Ins

What is a call-in? A ‘Call in’ is a statutory process, introduced by the Local Government Act 2000, which enables a prescribed number of members…

Campaign Planning

What is a Campaign Plan? A Campaign Plan is a document that sets out how the local Lib Dem team intends to carry out their…

Campaign Team: Building the Team

Everyone recognizes that to win, you need enough people to deliver a winning campaign plan. What is equally important is that you have an engaged…

Campaign Team: Roles

Team roles • Agent/campaign management • Fundraising/finance management • Media and online communications management • Volunteer management • Candidate (s) • Candidate’s programme and campaign…

Candidate’s Consent to Nomination

Candidate’s consent to nomination This must be witnessed and signed by the candidate. The Returning Officer has no discretion to accept a fax or email.…

Casework

Casework is local issues or problems, affecting a community, street, or individual, that we attempt to do something about in our role as a Lib…

Close of Polls

Close of polls Polling stations close promptly at 10pm. However, since 2013, voters queuing up at a polling station at 10pm waiting to receive their…

Committee Rooms

The ‘Committee Room’ is the HQ of your polling day operation where everything is run from. What features should a good Committee Room include? The…

Copyright and Maps

Copyright and Maps Do not reproduce copyrighted maps without permission. This includes those that originate from the Ordnance Survey, A-Z or other commercial publications. Google…

Council candidate selection

As a democratic party it is important that we have a fair, open and transparent process for choosing the people who stand for us in…

Council group recognition

What is council group recognition for? Council group recognition is a process that was introduced by the English Liberal Democrats in 2011. It was brought…