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Elections 2022

The next elections are scheduled to take place on 5 May 2022 and these will be to elect 110 councillors. These elections will put in place 110 councillors who will serve a five year term. For their first year, the councillors will take responsibility for all current County Council services and oversee the local government reorganisation to establish a single unitary council on 1 April 2023.

From April 2023 the 110 councillors of the new Somerset Council will assume the responsibility for all local government functions for Somerset, including those of the current four district councils.

District councils will remain until 31 March 2023 and the councillors serving those councils will continue in their roles until that date. The Government is proposing to align the city, town and parish council elections with the elections in May 2022.

Key dates

  • Notice of election published - 21 March 2022
  • Nominations accepted from - 22 March
  • Deadline for candidates' nominations - 5 April 2022
  • Statement of persons nominated published - 6 April 2022
  • Deadline to register to vote - 14 April
  • Close of postal vote applications - 19 April 2022
  • Polling Day - Thursday 5 May 2022
  • Count of votes and declarations of results for 110 councillors to the County of Somerset - 6 May 2022
  • Count of votes and declarations of results for town and parish councils - 7 May 2022

Election results

The count of votes and declarations of results for 110 councillors to the County of Somerset is on 6 May 2022.

You can find information about the County Council election results on the Somerset County Council website.

Election Notices

How can I vote at the May 2022 elections?

There are a number of ways to have your say in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes on the Gov.uk webpage Register to vote .

You must be registered by midnight on Thursday 14 April 2022.

If you're thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It's easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website or by contacting us directly.

Apply to vote by post

Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022. If you are given a postal vote, you will not be able to vote in person at this election.

Apply to vote by proxy

This means someone else can vote on your behalf. Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022. If you appoint a proxy, you can vote if you wish, but only if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf and has not got a postal vote for you.

If after 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022 you are unable to vote in person because of a work or medical emergency, or because you are self-isolating, you can apply for an emergency proxy. To find out how to apply, call us immediately.

Is voting by post safe?

Yes, voting by post is safe. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret and seal the envelope yourself.

You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

Where is my polling station?

Polling stations and Covid

We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you've become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser and face coverings, if you wish.

We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. 

Can I  bring my own pen or pencil?

Yes, you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil.

If you have any queries regarding your right to vote, please contact a member of the Elections Team by emailing elections@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk or by calling 01823 358 692