District Council elections on
2 May 2019
Roughly one-third of the councillors on North Herts District Council retire each year (except in the year of County Council elections).
There are elections in all the wards in East Herts District Council, where all councillors are elected at the same time every four years.
None of the seats up for election in May in either District has a sitting Labour councillor, but Letchworth Grange has two Labour councillors and Letchworth SE has one Labour councillor, all of whom won their seats in 2018 and are not up for election this year.
Labour and Co-operative candidates for North Herts District Council
Left to right: Adem Ruggiero-Cakir, Connor Brogan and Colwyn Griffiths
Jean Andrews and Robert Inwood
Adem Ruggiero-Cakir has been selected to stand in Letchworth South East. This is a three-seat ward, currently represented by Kate Aspinwall (Labour and Co-operative) and two Conservative councillors. One of the Conservatives is retiring this year and Adem is already fighting to make it two Labour councillors in May.
Connor Brogan is standing in the Letchworth Grange ward. This is another three-seat ward, currently with two Labour and Co-operative councillors - Helen Oliver and Daniel Allen - and a Liberal Democrat, who defected from the Conservatives. Connor intends to make that three Labour councillors in May.
Colwyn Griffiths is standing for only one of the three seats in Baldock Town up for election. At present, all three seats are held by Conservatives. Similarly, Jean Andrews is standing for Letchworth South West, currently represented bythree Conservatives.
Robert Inwood, who is one of the two Labour councillors on Royston Town Council, is already canvassing to take one of the two Royston Palace seats, both currently held by Conservatives.
The other wards with elections this year are the other two wards in Royston and the wards of Ermine, Arbury and Weston & Sandon.
Our candidates are:
Ermine: Robin King (Labour and Co-operative)
Royston Heath: Amy Bourke-Waite (Labour)
Royston Meridian: Stephen Lockett (Labour)
Weston and Sandon: Headley Parkins (Labour and Co-operative)
The Labour manifesto for North Herts is here.
East Herts District Council
Eleven of the seats on East Herts District Council are in our constituency: two in Buntingford and the rest in the single-seat wards of Braughing, Puckeridge, Thundridge & Standon, Little Hadham, Hertford Rural South, Hertford Rural North, Watton-at-Stone, the Mundens & Cottered and Walkern.
All these seats are currently held by Conservatives, except Braughing, held by an Independent councillor, and Watton-at-Stone, where a Liberal-Democrat was elected in a by-election last year.
A new register came into force in December 2018, but, if you are not registered or not registered at your current address, you can register at any time during the year.
If you have moved to your present address recently, you need to register individually. The fact that the council knows you have moved in does not mean that you are registered to vote.
If you are doubtful whether you are on the register, check with your district council:
North Herts: 01462 474503.
East Herts: 01279 655261.
It's easy to register
All you have to do to register is to go to the government's registration website here. You will need your national insurance number. Or you can ring the appropriate number above or go to the council's website (see below) for a form. If you cannot find your national insurance number, go to the government website here.
More information on individual registration
Under the old system, one person in the household could register all the members of that household to vote. The new system is designed to be less liable to fraud and involves every voter registering individually. This new system was fully introduced in 2016.
Apart from your right to vote, you may find it difficult to obtain credit if you are not on the register. It is usually the first thing that lenders check. Not responding to a request for information regarding voter registration from your council could make you liable to a fine of £80.
You can choose to have a postal vote, either for a specific election or permanently. You do not have to explain your reason for wanting to vote by post. Go to your District Council's website (see below).
In certain circumstances someone else can vote for you (proxy vote). In this case, you will have to explain why you need a proxy vote. Your proxy must also be registered to vote. There is more information on the District Council websites below and you can download the appropriate application form. In a medical emergency and some other situations, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote, right up to polling day.
For more information, click on the appropriate link below to go to your District Council website, where you can also download the appropriate form:
Elections are conducted on a regional basis, with a varying number of Members of Parliament per region. The East of England is entitled to seven MEPs. Parties put forward a list of candidates and electors vote for the party list or for an independent candidate (the "closed list" system).
The party (or independent candidate) with the most votes takes the first seat for the first candidate on their list. The vote for each party is then divided the number of seats gained +1. This means that the vote for the party winning the first seat is divided by 2 and all the rest by 1, i.e. they stay the same. The second seat is allocated on this basis and again the votes are divided by the number of seats gained +1. The third seat is then allocated on this modified vote, and so on until all the seats are filled.
North Hertfordshire District Council
The district is divided into wards with two or three councillors. One-third of the councillors are elected each year, except the year of the County Council elections. Normally, the councillor elected earliest stands down and there is only one seat in a given ward up for election. The election is on the "first past the post" system. If there is more than one seat up for election in a ward, then electors in that ward have as many votes as there are seats.
East Hertfordshire District Council
The district is divided into wards with one or two councillors. All seats are up for election every four years, on the "first past the post" system or, in the case of two member wards, where electors have two votes, "the first two past the post". The next election will be in 2015.
Hertfordshire County Council
The county is divided into one-member divisions, who are elected every four years on the "first past the post system". The next election will be in 2017.
If there are more than two candidates, the election for Police and Crime Commissioner is conducted using the "supplementary vote" system. You put a cross in the first column for your first choice and a cross in the second column for your second choice. If you wish, you may give only a first choice.
All the first choices are counted and, if one candidate has more than 50%, she (or he) is elected. If not, the top two candidates continue to a second round of counting: all other candidates are eliminated and the second-choice votes of everyone whose first choice was not for one of the top two are then counted. Any second-choice votes for the top two candidates are added to the first-round totals of those candidates. Whichever candidate has the greater number of votes after this process is the winner.