|Publication of Notice of Election (19 KB)||Monday 28 March 2022|
|Receipt of Nominations||04:00 pm Tuesday 5 April 2022|
|Withdrawal of Candidate||04:00 pm Tuesday 5 April 2022|
|Appointment of Election Agents||04:00 pm Tuesday 5 April 2022|
|Publication of Notice of Election Agents (78 KB)||04:00 pm Tuesday 5 April 2022|
|Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated (80 KB)||04:00 pm Wednesday 6 April 2022|
|Last Date for Registration||Thursday 14 April 2022|
|Receipt of Postal Vote Applications||05:00 pm Tuesday 19 April 2022|
|Publication of Notice of Poll (177 KB)||Tuesday 26 April 2022|
|Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications||05:00 pm Tuesday 26 April 2022|
|Appointment of Poll and Count Agents||Wednesday 27 April 2022|
|First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers||Thursday 28 April 2022|
|Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers||05:00 pm Thursday 5 May 2022|
|Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications||05:00 pm Thursday 5 May 2022|
|Day of Poll||07:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 5 May 2022|
|Verification and Count||From 10:00pm Thursday 5 May 2022 at Fareham Leisure Centre, Park Lane, Fareham, PO16 7JU|
|Return of Election Expenses||Thursday 9 June 2022|
Dated Monday 7 February 2022
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
When you vote in person, you go to the polling station allocated to you based on your address on the electoral register.
Before you go to vote, check where you polling station is. It might not be the closest one to where you live, and it might have changed since the last time you voted. You have to go to your allocated polling station, and you can't go to a different once close to where you work, for example.
The Where Do I Vote? website is really useful, as you can find your current polling station simply be entering your postcode.
Your polling station will, however, be on your poll card, which you will receive through the post a few weeks before polling day
Polling Stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. They can get busy, particularly towards the end of the day. If there is a queue at your polling station, you will still be able to vote as long as you joined the queue before 10pm.
If you know that you won't be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can vote by post.
You can apply for a postal vote because you're away on holiday or because your work schedule means you can't get to the polling station. You can also choose to vote by post simply because it would be more convenient for you.
You can apply for a postal vote for a particular election or referendum, for a specific time period or for a permanent postal vote. Please note that you will need to complete a new postal vote application if you have moved house.
To apply for a postal vote, simply call the Elections team on 01329 824588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a personalised postal vote application form and a pre-paid reply envelope. Alternatively, you can download a generic application form here https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-06/Postal%20vote%20application%20form.pdf .
Once your postal vote is set up and the ballot papers are ready, they will be sent directly to your home, along with a pre-paid return envelope for you to send back before election day.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.
After Tuesday 19 April, if you know that you won't be able to get to the polling station on polling day and you have missed the deadline to apply for a postal vote, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.
Please contact the Elections team on 01329 824588 or email email@example.com if you would like to set up a proxy vote.
If you are interested in becoming a candidate, an overview document for candidates and agents is available from the Electoral Commission .
Candidates and their agents must follow certain rules set out in legislation. The following guidance from the Electoral Commission should help with any questions you may have:
This candidate briefing presentation (246 KB) gives a clear overview of the election process. This covers information on various topics including a `who's who', the Election Timetable, Covid-19 implications, nomination forms, registering to vote, campaigning do's and don'ts, Polling Stations, the Count and Spending Returns.
As part of the ongoing support the Electoral Commission is providing to candidates and agents ahead of May's elections, the Commission is hosting an advice surgery on Thursday 21st April.
Candidates and/or their agents will be able to book a slot for 15 minutes to speak with an expert advisor at the Commission. It will be an opportunity to discuss any queries or matters pertaining to spending and elections. Appointments will be available throughout the day, on a first-come first-served basis.
Please let the Electoral Commission know your preferred time for a slot on this day and they will try their best to accommodate this depending on availability. Also, please note all sessions will take place virtually using the Electoral Commission's online platform.
If you would like to book an appointment with the Commission for a conversation or would like further information, please email Denise Bottom on DBottom@electoralcommission.org.uk
The deadline for receipt of nominations was 4pm on Tuesday 5 April and the Statement of Persons Nominated has now been published.
If you require a copy of the register and/or the absent votes list for the electoral area (ward) in which you are standing, please complete and submit the following request forms:
Candidates and agents must make a declaration of expenses incurred and an agent must make a return of expenses. The spending limit per candidate is calculated by adding together a fixed amount (£806) and a variable top up that takes into account the number of registered electors in the ward you are contesting (7p per local government elector). Please see candidate spend limits by ward (50 KB) for your information.
Election Notices will be published below when available:
Notice of Election (19 KB) (publication date Monday 28 March 2022)
All households in Fareham are sent correspondence every summer to check the electoral register is correct for that address. We have to send this each year by law and there is usually a legal requirement to respond. Details of what to do and how to respond are on your form. The easiest and quickest way to respond is online at www.householdresponse.com (you will need to enter the security codes from your form).
If a household does not respond when required, an authorised electoral canvasser will visit the property to confirm details (even if they remain unchanged). This process is also required by law.
Tel: 01329 824588
Election Services, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7AZ
Monday to Friday 8:45am-4:45pm
The Returning Officer for Fareham needs people to carry out various duties at election time which is nearly always the first Thursday in May. This may involve working at a polling station which is open from 7am to 10pm, assisting with postal votes or counting ballot papers.
If you are at least 18 years old and interested in working for us at election time please complete an Application Form for Election Duties
It is important that you know if you are eligible to vote and if you are to make sure you are registered to vote at your address. If you have moved house you need to Register to Vote , even if you pay Council Tax at your new property, because nobody is automatically registered to vote. Registering is easy - you can register online or you can call the elections office for a paper form to be posted to you. You will need your national insurance number, date of birth and address. Please follow the links below to find out more:
The electoral register is updated every month and these updates are also sent to credit reference agencies once a month. There are cut-off dates listed below so you can see the deadlines that apply to each monthly update. Most applications go through without needing evidence of identity (this is done via your national insurance number and date of birth) but sometimes ID is needed and you will be notified in writing if this applies to you.
Once your application has been accepted and no-one has objected to your application you will appear on the electoral register on the next publication date. You will be notified in writing when this happens. Please note that in the run up to an election, you will only be able to vote in that election if your name has been added to the register at least 12 working days before the election. The monthly register publication dates are:
|To appear on this month's register (publication date):||You must have applied to register to vote by this date (conditions apply):|
|1 January 2021||10 December 2020|
|1 February 2021||8 January 2021|
|1 March 2021||5 February 2021|
|1 April 2021||10 March 2021|
|3 May 2021||9 April 2021|
|1 June 2021||10 May 2021|
|1 July 2021||9 June 2021|
|2 August 2021||9 July 2021|
|1 September 2021||10 August 2021|
|October 2021||No register published due to annual canvass|
|November 2021||No register published due to annual canvass|
|1 December 2021||23 November 2021|
There are two versions of the register - the full register and the open register. The full register is strictly controlled and can only be used for elections, detecting crime such as fraud, calling people for jury service and credit referencing. The open register is optional so you can choose not to be on it. The open register can be sold on to third parties such as businesses and charities. If you chose not to be on the open register your right to vote will not be affected. To check if you are on the open register or to opt-out please contact the elections office. You will need to opt-out again if you ever need to re-register such as when you move home.
The Open Register is the version of the electoral register that can be sold on to third parties (such as marketing companies). It only contains names and addresses (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are never included). Most voters are automatically included in the open register unless you have opted out. Opting out of the open register does not affect your right to vote or credit score. To check your current status or to opt out simply call the Elections team on 01329 824588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Please be aware that political parties and election candidates still have access to your name and address, and whether you have a postal vote, even if you have opted out of the open register. This is legal entitlement and not something you can opt out of. Parties and candidates are restricted by law to only use your details for election purposes (e.g. campaigning) and cannot pass your details on to a third party.
Electoral Services will only use your information for electoral purposes and it will be kept secure in accordance with data protection legislation. The lawful basis to collect your information is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and exercise of official authority as vested in the Electoral Registration Officer as set out in the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations. The Electoral Registration Officer is the Data Controller: Peter Grimwood, Civic Offices, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7AZ, tel 01329 236100. Please see the Fareham Borough Council Privacy Notice for further information relating to the processing of personal data.
Click here to register to vote . You will need your date of birth and national insurance number and it only takes around 3 minutes. To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here .
If you are interested in standing for election, you can find all the important guidance and paperwork you will need at www.electoralcommission.org.uk . Please also contact email@example.com or 01329 824588 to be kept up to date with relevant local information such as deadlines and briefings.