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Elections 2017

Parliamentary General Election

Elections will be held for Banbury Constituency on Thursday 8 June 2017

Following the vote of Parliament on Wednesday 19 April 2017, a UK Parliamentary General Election will be held on Thursday 8 June.

Within Cherwell District Council there are three Parliamentary Constituencies - Banbury, Henley and Oxford West and Abingdon.

Cherwell District Council organises the election for the Banbury Parliamentary Constituency, South Oxfordshire District Council organises the election for the Henley Constituency and Vale of White Horse District organises the election for the Oxford West and Abingdon Constituency.

If you live in the following villages, you come under the Henley Constituency:

  • Bletchingdon
  • Charlton-on-Otmoor
  • Fencott and Murcott
  • Hampton Gay and Poyle
  • Horton-cum-Studley
  • Islip
  • Kirtlington
  • Merton
  • Noke
  • Oddington
  • Shipton-on-Cherwell and Thrupp
  • Weston-on-the-Green

If you live in the following villages, you come under the Oxford West and Abingdon Constituency:

  • Begbrooke
  • Gosford
  • Kidlington
  • Yarnton and Water Eaton

This pdf map (1.0Mb) shows the constituencies in more detail 

If you are not yet registered to vote, or you have moved/due to move, you have until midnight on Monday 22 May to register to be able to vote in this election.

If you are already registered to vote, but will be away on polling day, you can apply for a postal vote. Completed applications must be received by us no later than 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. Postal vote applications that were received and processed by 26 April will be sent out around 25 May. Postal applications received and processed between 27 April and 23 May will be sent out around 30 May

If you already have a postal vote, but you will be away when they are sent out, you can change the address your vote is sent to, or you can cancel it altogether. To change or cancel your postal vote you must let us know in writing (letter or email) by 5pm on 23 May; each person who wants to cancel a postal vote must contact us individually.

All postal votes are sent out via 1st class post; however we cannot guarantee how quickly they will reach their destination. If you are considering changing the address that your postal vote is sent to, for example to your holiday address, please consider the length of time it will take for the postal vote to get to you, and then back to us when it has been completed.

If you wish to change from a postal vote to a proxy vote, you must do this by 5pm on 23 May; this is a deadline set by legislation, and after this time we are not allowed to make any changes to postal voter details.

If you are going to be away on polling day and don't want a postal vote, you can appoint a proxy (someone votes on your behalf) to vote in your usual polling station. Completed proxy applications must be received by us no later than 5pm on Wednesday 31 May. We will write to your proxy after this deadline to confirm they have been appointed.

As the election was called at short notice we are working to the legal minimum timetable of 6 weeks, which has meant that information has had to be sent to our printers as soon as possible.

Standing as a Member of Parliament - Information for Candidates and Agents

After the close of nominations, there will be an Agents Briefing for the Parliamentary Election Tuesday 23 May at 2:00pm at Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Banbury OX15 4AA.

Please contact Lesley Farrell on 01295 221591 (lesley.farrell@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk) if you would like further information on the briefing or nomination papers, or to book an appointment to submit a completed paper.

Nomination papers can be submitted to the Acting Returning Officer between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May.

To be able to stand as a Parliamentary Candidate, you must, on the day you are nominated and on polling day, be:

• at least 18 years old, and

• either a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an eligible Commonwealth citizen

For a candidate's nomination to be valid, the sum of £500 must be deposited with the Acting Returning Officer by the deadline for nominations, 4pm on the Thursday 11 May 2017.

For further information on standing as a candidate in the UK Parliamentary General Election, please visit Guidance for Candidates and Agents

Bicester Town Council - Town Ward

Following the resignation of Councillor Jim French, requests were received from 10 electors for a by-election.

The pdf Notice of Election (9kb) has now been published, and gives details of how to submit a nomination.

If more than one valid nomination is received before the deadline, polling day will be Thursday 4 May 2017

Oxfordshire County Council

Elections for Oxfordshire County Council will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017.

The Notices of Poll have now been published for each division:

The pdf Notice of Election (15kb) has now been published, and gives details of how to submit a nomination

The notice of election agents has now been published for the County elections pdf Notice of Election agents (52kb)

There are 61 divisions across Oxfordshire, 14 of those are in the Cherwell district:

The Oxfordshire County Council website has more details for prospective candidates  https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/becoming-county-councillor

Please note that we have had to change the location of some polling stations for this election, as some of the usual buildings are unavailable. pdf details of the changes are available now (67kb), and affected electors will have a note on their polling card to say "Please note new venue"

Poll cards started being sent out on 27 March to all those electors already registered and eligible to vote in these elections. If you are not yet registered to vote, or you have moved/due to move, you have until midnight on Thursday 13 April to register to be able to vote in these elections. Those electors who register before the deadline will receive a poll card after 24 April.

If you are already registered, but will be away on polling day, you can apply for a postal vote. Completed applications must be received by us no later than 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. If we received your postal vote application before 6 March, your postal vote will be sent out around 13 April. If we received your application after 6 March, your postal vote will be sent out around 26 April.

If you already have a postal vote, but you will be away when they are sent out, you can change the address your vote is sent to, or you can cancel it altogether. To change or cancel your postal vote you must let us know in writing (letter or email) by 5pm on 18 April; each person who wants to cancel a postal vote must contact us individually.

If you are going to be away on polling day and don't want a postal vote, you can appoint a proxy vote (someone votes on your behalf) to vote in your usual polling station. Completed proxy applications must be received by us no later than 5pm on Tuesday 25 April. After this deadline we will write to your proxy to confirm they have been appointed.

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