Making the most out of petitions

Why should we collect petitions? Collecting signatures on a petition to support a cause has been a mainstay of campaigning for decades. By collecting signatures…

Marked Registers

The marked register is a copy of the electoral roll that was used on polling day that shows who voted. It is available in two…

Membership

Why do we need members? Every local party, no matter how big or small, needs members. Why? There are a number of reasons including, but…

Messaging

Messaging is about defining what the election is about, defining your candidate, and defining the opposition. Defining Your Candidate (We’re good) For the Liberal Democrats…

Checklist when elected

Forms and Practicalities You need to sign an Acceptance of Office form as soon as possible (at the latest two months). Practical things to sort…

Committees

Scrutiny All members of the Council who are not Executive Members, have an opportunity to take part in scrutiny. This works differently in different councils,…

Council Procedures

How Meetings Work Meetings are governed by Standing Orders and you need to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of what is contained in them.…

Keeping your seat

Keeping your seat The campaign to keep your council seat in four years time star ts today! Here’s our plan for keeping your ward a…

The Lib Dem Group

The Liberal Democrat Group is the basic “building block” of how we work together on the Council. Regular well attended group meetings are essential. The…

The Ward Role

Local Champion That means you! That’s what we say about our Councillors on FOCUS leaflets and it needs to be true. You’re the person that…

Nomination and the Deposit

Deposit There is a requirement for a deposit to accompany the nomination for General Elections but not local elections. Varying different rules apply to Mayoral,…

Organising Your Bank Accounts

Organising your bank accounts Why it matters The law requires that all money received for the election must be accounted for on election returns, with…

Other By-Elections

Other by-elections What follows is a brief summary. Details should be checked as needed. European Parliament The vacancy will be filled by the next available…

Outside Appointments

What is an outside appointment? An outside appointments is any appointment made by a council to an external body such as a housing association, charity…

Parliamentary By-Elections

Most electoral law applies in the same way to by-elections as it does to the other elections at the same level of government Parliamentary by-elections…

Permissible Donors

Permissible donors A candidate or her agent must accept donations only from permissible donors. These are: an individual registered in a UK electoral register, a…

Phone Bank Scripts and Connect

Connect is a powerful tool, and to get the most of it we should be using the correct scripts and asking the correct questions when…

Poll Cards

Poll Cards The Returning Officer is responsible for issuing a poll card to everyone qualified to vote in an election. All electors should receive a…

Polling Agents

Polling Agents The agent has the power to appoint polling agents. If they are paid the appointment is the agent’s; if they are unpaid the…

Polling Day and Children

Children Parents can bring their children with them into the polling station when they go to vote.

Polling Day and Committee Rooms

Committee Rooms The party’s Committee Rooms for running the polling day operation can be as close to the polling station as you are able to…

Polling Day and Selfies

Selfies The law around taking photographs in the polling station, and in particular people taking photos of themselves voting, is complicated and involves several different…

Polling Day and the Presiding Officer

The Presiding Officer Each polling station has its own Presiding Officer, who is in charge. Their decision is final and they have powers in all…

Polling Day Planning

You should be thinking about your polling day now. First consider the strategy across your authority. It’s pointless running a polling day of military precision…

Postal Vote Opening

The postal vote opening sessions are sometimes called the “postal vote counts” but in reality they are just the equivalent of the verification stage one.…

Postal Votes

What is the postal vote? The ‘postal vote’ is the votes of people who have opted to vote by post in an election. Any elector…

Postal Voting Opening and Agents

What does a postal voting agent do? A postal voting agent is allowed to attend and observe postal vote opening sessions, which are run by…

Posters and Imprints

Posters and Imprints Posters must have an imprint on the side that will be displayed. This also applies to a leaflet, one side of which…