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Campaigning Starts for North Yorkshire Local Elections

North Yorkshire County Council

7:54am 27th March 2013

North Yorkshire County Council has officially given notice today of elections which will take place on 2 May 2013.

The county council has 72 members, each representing the residents of one electoral division. County councillors serve on the full council and sit on the area committee for their district.

Elections for all 72 seats are held every four years and all registered voters in North Yorkshire will have the chance to vote.

District councils undertake the administration of elections in each area.

Election timetable:

  • Voters must be registered by Wednesday, 17 April;
  • Postal vote applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 17 April;
  • Proxy vote applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 24 April;
  • The elections will be held on Thursday, 2 May, 2013;
  • Votes will be counted on Friday, 3 May, 2013. The counts will take place in each district and will be administered by district councils;
  • Results will be announced on Friday, 3 May, and will appear on the county council website www.northyorks.gov.uk/2013elections as soon as they are known. We will also publish them on Twitter with the hashtag #nyelection2013;

Election key facts:

  • We will publish a list of polling stations on the website www.northyorks.gov.uk/2013elections   when they are announced.
  • Anyone who is 18 or over, eligible and registered to vote can take part. If you haven't yet registered to vote, you can find out how by going to the county council website:  
  • Electoral registers are updated by district councils each autumn. If you have moved house since the register was last updated, you will need to register to vote again. Otherwise you may not be able to vote;
  • North Yorkshire has a large population of armed forces personnel who must be registered locally to vote in county council elections. Forces personnel that are registered to vote but will be abroad at the time of the election, or will not be able to vote in person for another reason, can apply to vote by post or by proxy;
  • At present, the council is Conservative-controlled, and led by Cllr John Weighell and his executive cabinet members;
  • You can follow the county council on Twitter @northyorkscc. We will post election information and results with the hashtag #nyelection2013.

Information and advice about the elections can be found on the county council website www.northyorks.gov.uk/2013elections

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