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Town Council Election 2017

To be eligible to vote in the elections on 4 May 2017 you need to register by Thursday 13 April – Register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Cornwall Council Electoral Service on 0300 123 1115 or by e-mail at voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk.
If you are already registered, you do not need to apply again.


Timetable for the election








Stand as a Councillor

Am I qualified to be a Councillor?

To be a Town Councillor you have to be:

  • a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union; and
  • on the “relevant date” (i.e. the day on which you are nominated or if there is a poll the day of the election) 18 years of age or over;
  • on the “relevant day” you must either:
    * be included on the electoral register for Helston;
    * or have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Helston;
    * or have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in Helston; 
    * or during that 12 month period resided in Helston or within 3 miles of it.

You cannot stand for election if you:

  • are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other Local Authorities, including the Principal Authorities that represent the same area). 

How do I stand as a Councillor?

Helston has three wards and a total of 12 Councillors who serve on Helston Town Council. These are made up as follows:

Helston North Ward 5 Members
(Coloured green on the map below)

Helston South Ward 5 Members
(Coloured pink on the map below)

Helston West Ward
2 Members
(Coloured blue on the map below)

You can also look up your address on Cornwall Council's Interactive map by clicking here to find out which ward you are in.

To stand as a Councillor you need to complete a Candidate Nomination Paper and must be nominated by ten people who are included on the Electoral Register from the specific Ward you wish to stand for.

Candidate information packs (containing the required forms and guidance on the election process) will be available from the Cornwall Council Electoral Services office in St Austell. If you wish to be a candidate in the election, please contact Cornwall Council to request an information pack as soon as possible at the following address:

Electoral Services
Cornwall Council
St Austell One Stop Shop
39 Penwinnick Road
St Austell
PL25 5DR

Tel: 0300 123 1115
E-mail: voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

Completed nomination papers must be returned to Cornwall Council by no later than 4pm on Friday 4th April 2017. Please click here for further information on the locations and times that nomination papers can be returned.


Information with people
with Learning Disabilities

Mencap have produced a series of easy read guides to tell you everything you need to know about voting, registering to vote and supporting someone else to vote. All of the guides are available to download for free from their website - https://www.mencap.org.uk/voting-and-registering-vote.

The guides include:

Guide to registering to vote
The importance of voting
Voting at a Polling Station


Help for disabled people

If you are disabled, you may be able to vote by post  or by proxy.

If you are partially sighted and choose to vote in person, the polling station must display a large print version of the ballot paper to assist you. If you are blind or partially sighted the polling station must also provide a device to enable you to fill in your ballot papers without any need for assistance from anyone else.

If you are physically disabled or unable to read, you may take a companion to help you complete the ballot form and put it in the ballot box. Your companion must be aged 18 or over and be entitled to vote, and must make a written declaration to this effect.

Your companion cannot help more than one disabled voter to vote at that election. The presiding officer has to be satisfied that you need the help of a companion in order to vote.

Alternatively, you can ask the presiding officer to mark the ballot paper on your behalf. 

The Electoral Commission have produced a fact sheet which can be viewed here.



Further Information

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor you may find the following information of interest.





Register to vote

In order to vote at the Local Council Election on 4th May 2017 you need to be on the electoral register. To be eligible to vote in these elections you need to register by Thursday 13 April.

To check if you are registered or to find out how to register contact Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1115 or e-mail voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Further information can be found on the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/electoral-registration/.

Why should I register to vote

If you don’t register:

• you cannot vote;
• you cannot nominate a candidate;
• you do not get a say on who represents you;
• you do not have a say on important issues that affect you.

Further information can be found at https://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/why-should-i-register-to-vote.

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote if you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16) but you can only vote when you become 18.

You qualify to register to vote if you are:

• a British citizen
• an EU citizen resident in the UK
• a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK

A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.

Further information can be found at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/who-can-register-to-vote.