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Formal notice given for Somerset elections

21 March 2022 : Council news, Elections and voting

Somerset West and Taunton Council has published notices for the elections to Somerset County Council, and the town and parish elections, being held on Thursday 5 May.

These are important elections for Somerset with the creation of a new, unitary council in April 2023 – the first major change to the way the county is governed in almost 50 years.

There are 110 seats available in 55 divisions across the county with electors able to cast two votes each in their division.

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 1 April 2023, the 110 councillors of the unitary council will be responsible for services that are currently delivered by the county and four district councils.

District councils will remain until 31 March 2023 and the councillors serving on them will continue in their roles until that date.

The town, and parish council elections on 5 May offer the chance for people to stand for their community at grass roots level. They too will serve a five-year term.

Further information and nomination packs are available on the elections page of our website.

Completed nomination papers can be accepted from 22 March and must be received no later than 4pm on Tuesday, 5 April.

They should be hand delivered between 10am and 4pm to: The Deputy Returning Officer at either Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE, or West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA.

You must be registered to vote in any election. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by Thursday, 14 April. Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Voters have three options for casting their ballot – in person at the polling station, by post or by proxy (i.e. they can appoint someone they trust to vote on their behalf).
Somerset West and Taunton Council will be despatching their postal votes from Tuesday 19 April.

The last day to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

The last day to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

If you have any queries regarding your right to vote, please contact a member of the Elections Team at elections@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk or contact Electoral Services on 01823 358692.