Who gets to vote, should a poll be required?
If the number of candidates exceeds the number of places available in any electoral division a poll will be held for those divisions. You will be entitled to vote in every electoral division that you’re liable to pay Drainage Rates in, providing you’ve actually paid your Drainage Rates as demanded and your entitlement is shown in the Register of Electors. This public register will be available for inspection at our offices in an election year from April onwards. Notice of this will be given on our Public Notices page and you will also have the opportunity to request that any errors or omissions in the Register are corrected before the Election. You will be sent a Voting Paper at least 7 days before the poll, which you’ll need to complete and return to our offices before the poll takes place.
When do we know who’s been elected?
If a poll is required, the count will take place at our offices; for those electoral divisions being contested on the election date and will be observed by an independent solicitor. Candidates and members of the public are also welcome to observe the count, subject to the usual security checks. The results will then be published on our Public Notices page. Where the election of members is not contested a ‘no poll declaration’ will also be published on our Public Notices page, shortly after the deadline for receiving nomination papers.
The declaration will list the elected members who’ve been returned unopposed. Please note that the Board will not publish election notices in the local press, following receipt of; the Ministerial Direction on publishing election notices on 27 April 2016.