Local elections 2018

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The full results are available on our Local Election 2018 results page.

The next statutory elections are the local council elections. They will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018.

This poll is for the election of three councillors for each of the 20 wards within the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Who is standing for election?

You can find who's standing for election by looking in the ‘statutory notices’ section below, and downloading the document relevant to the ward. 

Who can vote in these elections?

All UK, Irish, Commonwealth and EU citizens who are on the electoral register by 26 April 2018, can vote in these elections.

Register to vote

You can register online in just five minutes on GOV.UK. You'll need your National Insurance number. 

If you've already registered to vote, but have moved home since you registered, you'll need to register again. This includes if you've moved into the borough, out of the borough, or to a different address within the borough. 

Find out how to register to vote 

Further information

See our elections and voting web pages for information on voting, polling station locations and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

This will also give you key dates to remember, such as deadline dates for registration, and when you should receive your poll card or postal vote.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Registering to vote and applying for a postal or proxy vote

  Deadline date/ time Related information
Registering to vote Tuesday 17 April 2018 at midnight

You must have successfully registered to vote by this deadline, or you won't be able to vote in these elections.

Applying for a postal vote, or changing an application you've made previously Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 5pm

You must have submitted a completed application form by this deadline, or we won't be able to issue you with a postal vote for these elections. You'll still be able to vote in person at your polling station, or by proxy (see below).

We can't change your voting preference after this time, if you've previously asked for a postal vote.

Applying for a proxy vote, or changing an application you've made previously Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 5pm 

You must have submitted a completed application form by this deadline, or we will not be able to issue you with a proxy vote for these elections. You'll still be able to vote in person at your polling station (see below).

We can't change your voting preference after this time, if you've previously asked for a proxy vote.

Applying for an emergency proxy vote

Between 5pm on Wednesday 25 April and 5pm on Thursday 3 May 2018

In certain circumstances, we may be able to issue you with an emergency proxy vote. Find out how to apply to vote by emergency proxy on the Your Vote Matters website. 

Poll cards

  Deadline date/ time Related information
Delivery of poll cards: first dispatch

Hand delivery from 27 March to 3 April 2018

You must have registered to vote by 12 March to be in this dispatch. If you registered after this date, you will get your poll card later.

Delivery of poll cards: second dispatch

By post from 13 April 2018

If you registered to vote between 12 March and 9 April, your poll card will be posted in this dispatch.

Delivery of final poll cards

By post from 23 April 2018 If you registered to vote after 9 April, your poll card will be posted in this dispatch.

Don’t worry if you don't receive your poll card, or if you misplace it. Let us know by emailing us at electoral.services@walthamforest.gov.uk

You can still vote at your polling station without your card, by giving the staff your name and address.

Postal votes

  Deadline date/ time Related information
Delivery of postal votes: first dispatch By post from 12 April 2018

You need to have successfully applied for a postal vote by 29 March to be in this dispatch. If you applied after this date, you will get your postal vote later.

Delivery of postal votes: second dispatch 

By post from 20 April 2018

If you registered to vote between 29 March and 12 April, your postal vote will be posted in this dispatch.

Delivery of postal votes: third dispatch

By post from 23 April 2018

If you registered to vote between 12 April and the deadline date of 18 April, your postal vote will be posted in this dispatch.

If you don't receive your postal vote, or if you make a mistake, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing electoral.services@walthamforest.gov.uk.

We can re-issue new postal votes from 27 April 2018 until 5pm on polling day: 3 May 2018. You will need to complete an application form and provide us with ID. You can choose for us to post this to you, or to collect it in person. 

 

How can I stand as a councillor?

If you want to stand as a councillor in Waltham Forest, you need to be:

  • at least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit
  • a British, Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen
  • registered as an elector in the London Borough of Waltham Forest; or have lived, or had your principal place of work, in the borough for 12 months before standing; or have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the borough for at least 12 months before standing

You don't have to be a member of a political party to stand for election. You may stand as an independent candidate for any ward of your choice.

No deposit is required to stand in an election to be a councillor.

What might prevent me from standing for election?

You can't stand, if any of the following apply:

  • you work for your local council
  • you hold a politically restricted post for another organisation
  • you are the subject of a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order or an Interim Order
  • you have served a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence) of three months or more within the five years prior to the election
  • you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

When do I need to register my intention to stand as a councillor?

The nominations period is from the 28 March to 6 April 2018.

You, or your agent, must submit your papers, which must be:

  • completed in full
  • submitted in person
  • submitted before the deadline of 4.00pm on 6 April 2018

If these rules aren't followed, your nomination can't be accepted.

You can make an appointment to submit your papers by contacting the Electoral Services Manager on 020 8496 4295. Appointments are available between 10am and 4pm on any working day (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) during the nomination period. We can also offer appointments for an informal check of your papers prior to submission, if you'd like us to go through these with you first.

Key dates for candidates and agents

  Deadline date/ time
Publication of the Notice of Election

27 March

Submission of nomination papers 

10am to 4pm on each working day from 28 March to 6 April inclusive.

All nominations must have been received and accepted by the Returning Officer by 4pm on 6 April 2018, or you can't stand in this election.

Withdrawal of nominations By 4pm on 6 April 2018
Notification of election agents By 4pm on 6 April 2018
Publication of formal notices, including the Statement of Persons Nominated

By 4pm on 9 April 2018

We'll publish this on this website. We'll make every effort to do so as close to the close of nominations as possible

Notification of polling and counting agents By 28 April 2018
Return of election expenses 8 June 2018

See the section above for key dates relating to registration, absent vote applications and the delivery of poll cards and postal votes.

Where can I get further information?

Guidance on standing for election, including nomination forms, can be found on the Electoral Commission website

See the section above for key dates for the election period.

Statutory notices Click to get info

 

Electoral Services:

Phone: 020 8496 3000

Email: electoral.services@walthamforest.gov.uk