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Northall ward by-election

Residents in the Northall ward will be able to vote in a by-election on Thursday 2 February 2023.

For any queries in connection with the by-election, please contact the elections team on 01832 742076 or email [email protected].

Polling stations

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, polling station voters are encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil to mark the ballot paper. Single-use pens will be provided to those that do not bring a pen.

The polling stations for this by-election are at:

  • Melton Community Centre, Cross Street, Kettering, NN16 9DS
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Northampton Road, Kettering, NN15 7JZ
  • Hall Meadow Primary School, Packer Road, Kettering, NN15 7RP
  • St Marys CEVA Primary Academy, Fuller Street, Kettering, NN16 0JH
  • William Knibb Centre, Alfred Street Entrance, Kettering, NN16 8AE
  • United Reformed Church Rooms, St Peters Avenue entrance, Kettering, NN15 6DU
  • Cornerstone Kettering, Sheep Street, Kettering, NN16 0AY

Polling station opening hours are 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 February 2023.

Key dates

Date

Event

Wednesday 28 December

Notice of Election

Tuesday 17 January

Last date to register to vote (11:59pm deadline)

Wednesday 18 January

Last date to apply for a postal or proxy postal vote (5pm deadline)

Friday 20 January

Initial postal votes despatched (may be subject to change due to planned industrial action by postal workers)

Wednesday 25 January

Last date to apply for a proxy vote – 5pm deadline (not emergency proxy)

Friday 27 January

First day to reissue any lost or spoilt postal ballot papers

Thursday 2 February

Polling Day - polls open 7am to 10pm

Emergency proxy vote applications for medical or work-related emergencies will only be accepted in person until 5pm.

Postal voters can apply for a replacement for a spoilt or lost postal vote up until 5pm. Replacement postal ballot packs will only be issued in person to the elector themselves.

Postal votes

Apply for a postal vote

Complete an application to vote by post form or call 01832 742076 if you need a paper copy.

Industrial action that may affect postal voters

Due to the potential industrial action affecting the Royal Mail in January, you may want to consider applying for a proxy vote or hand delivering your postal vote.

Before Polling Day

For this election only, there will be a dedicated drop off point for those wishing to deliver their postal vote by hand before polling day.

This drop off will be located at Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, NN15 7QX and will be open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday from 21 January until 1 February 2023.

On polling day

Hand deliver your completed postal vote pack to the polling station that is printed on your polling card between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 2 February 2023.

You will not be able to vote in person at the polling station if you have already been allocated a postal vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2023. Applicants must already be registered to vote.

Returning postal votes

Complete and return your postal vote as soon as possible using the freepost envelope provided. Only postal votes that are received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day are counted. If you have a postal vote, you will not be able to vote in the polling station on polling day.

If you forget to send your postal vote back in time, completed postal vote packs can be handed into any polling station in the electoral area on polling day (2 February 2023) between 7am and 10pm. There may be a queue due to social distancing.

Lost or spoilt postal votes

Replacement packs can be issued from Friday 27 January 2023 until 5pm on polling day. From 5pm on the day before polling, replacement postal ballot packs can only be issued in person.

You will need to bring proof of identification: either one photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence, or two pieces of ID which confirm your name and address (such as a bank statement, utility bill or official letter). A bank card is not accepted as valid identification. Please call 01832 742076 if you require assistance.

Registering to vote

How to register

It takes less than three minutes to register to vote online. It helps to have your National Insurance number to hand, which can be found on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits. You will need to provide your National Insurance number as part of your application.

You can also register to vote over the phone on 01832 742076 or by completing a paper form. Please bear in mind that you will still need to provide your National Insurance number to apply via telephone or a paper form.

Don’t leave your registration until the last minute, just in case you have any problems.

Changing name, address, or nationality

If you have changed your name, nationality or address recently and have not re-registered yourself to vote, you must do so by 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 January 2023 - the easiest way to register is online. You will need to provide your National Insurance number as part of your application.

Deadline to register

Deadline for voter registration is 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 January 2023.

You won’t be able to vote on Thursday 2 February 2023 if you register to vote after this deadline.

Proxy Votes

A proxy vote is where an elector appoints someone that they trust to vote on their behalf. Both the elector and proxy voter must already be registered to vote.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 25 January 2023. Applicants must already be registered to vote.

Apply for a proxy vote

Complete an application to vote by proxy form or call 01832 742076 if you need a paper copy.

Your nominated proxy must be eligible to vote in the election or referendum and will need to be able to vote in person at your polling station. They can apply to cast their proxy vote by post, but in order for your proxy to vote by post, they must complete an application to vote by post and return it by the postal vote deadline (5pm on 18 January 2023). Once a proxy has been appointed they will receive a letter and poll card to confirm the arrangement has been accepted. Both the letter and poll card are for information purposes only and do not need to be brought to the polling station in order to vote at the polling station, unless the elector is anonymous.

Where a proxy has been appointed to vote at a polling station, the elector can vote at the polling station instead – but only if the proxy has not already voted on their behalf.

Unexpected emergency situations

After 5pm on Wednesday 25 January 2023 until 5pm on polling day, voting by emergency proxy may be available but only under specific extenuating circumstances. If you have suffered a medical emergency, have been called away to work, or have been advised to self-isolate because of a positive COVID-19 test, then you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.

The above must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 25 January 2023. If they occur beforehand then you can register for a normal proxy vote. Applications to vote by emergency proxy must be attested by a medical professional or by your employer in the case of a medical emergency or because of being called away to work respectively.

If you believe you qualify and wish to vote by emergency proxy, then please contact the elections team on 01832 742076 or by emailing [email protected]. Applications to vote by emergency proxy must reach the team by 5pm on polling day in order to be considered for this election.

Voting

You must be:

  • Registered to vote in Northall ward by 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 January 2023
  • 18 or over on 2 February 2023
  • A UK, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The list of qualifying countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

How to vote

If you do not have a postal or proxy vote, you can cast your vote in person at the polling station. Your polling station is open from 7am to 10pm.

Poll cards

You don’t need your poll card to be able to vote unless you are registered anonymously. If you bring it with you, please take it with you when you leave the polling station.

Polling station

Your polling station is indicated on your poll card. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

Covid-19 measures

A risk assessment has been carried out for each polling station. As each venue is different, we will have the following measures implemented wherever practicable:

  • Separate entrances and exits where possible
  • Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper
  • Polling station staff will assist electors behind perspex screens
  • Voters encouraged but not required to wear face coverings and use hand sanitiser when they enter or exit the polling station
  • Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
  • Polling booths regularly sanitised

These measures may mean electors wait longer than usual to be able to cast their vote. Anyone queuing to vote at their allocated polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote. The polling station staff will close the queue at 10pm, but everyone who arrived while the queue was open by 10pm will still be able to cast their vote.

Results

Attending the verification and count

Attendance at the verification and count is either defined by law or at the invitation of the Returning Officer. Attendance will also be on a strict basis due to capacity and COVID-19 considerations. Please contact the elections team on 01832 742076 or email [email protected].

Results announcement

The results of the Northall ward by-election will be announced by @NNorthantsC on Twitter, on our website and on public noticeboards in North Northamptonshire Council customer centres.

Last updated 24 January 2023