Electoral Services organises elections and compiles the
Register of Electors (a list of every person in the area
eligible to vote).
Arnside Parish By-Election
As there were no nominations received for the by-election on 2
May to fill 4 vacancies on Arnside Parish Council, the election is
being held again on Thursday, 27 June.
The Elections 2013 page has more
The scheduled County Council
elections were held on Thursday, 2 May 2013, along with
two parish by-elections.
County Council election results 2 May
Parish Council by-election results 2
Community Governance Review
This review, looking at all the parishes within South Lakeland
and their electoral arrangements, is now underway. The
current stage is the first consultation stage which runs until 8
See the Community
Governance Review page for more information.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
The way people register to vote is changing dramatically in the
next couple of years.
This also means that the way we work will be changing too and
these changes are starting in 2013 as the implementation of the new
system takes place.
IER itself will commence in 2014 with full implementation in
Look out for more information on the website as it becomes
Notice of Publication of Revised Register of Electors
Following the completion of the Cumbria County Electoral
Review, and the making of the Order on 17 December 2012, the
changes to Electoral Division boundaries, and some Parish Ward
boundaries, included in that Order will take effect at the
scheduled County Council Elections on Thursday, 2 May 2013.
As a result of those changes, a Revised Register of Electors
was published on 1 March 2013 and the relevant Notice has been
The main changes to the County Electoral Divisions
(ED) are as follows:-
- Colton Parish has moved from
Cartmel ED to High Furness ED
- Staveley-in-Cartmel Parish
has moved from Grange ED to Cartmel ED
- All of Kendal Castle District
Ward is now in Kendal Nether ED
- All of Kendal Heron Hill
District Ward is now in Kendal Castle ED
- All of Kendal Nether District
Ward is now in Kendal Castle ED
- Kendal Romney District Ward
is still split between Kendal Highgate ED and Kendal South ED and a
number of streets and properties have moved from Polling District
BT1 (now renamed BT2) to BT4 (now renamed BT1)
- Kendal Stonecross District
Ward remains split between Kendal Highgate ED and Kendal South ED
with some houses having moved from Polling District BU1 to BU2
View the up
to date list of Electoral Divisions
Annual Notice of Verification Number published
The Notice of the number of electors required
for a petition to request a Referendum on a change to a different
form of governance has been published and is in force from 1 April
2012 until 31 March 2012.
View the Annual
Notice of Verification
Absent Vote Identifier Refresh
We are now required to refresh the personal
identifiers, i.e. the signature, of all those voters who have an
absent vote that is five years old or more. The personal
identifiers are the voter’s signature and date of birth provided on
their absent vote application.
This year’s refresh has now been completed.
Cancellation letters will be sent to all those who have not
This year's information was:-
The following information is for those who
have received the letter:-
If you wish your absent vote to continue you
must provide your up to date signature and return the form in the
envelope provided by Friday, 15 February, or if you wish to cancel
your absent vote please tick the box at the bottom of the form and
return by the same date.
If we don’t hear from you by 15 February, a reminder letter and
form will be sent but, obviously, obviously, it is helpful and less
costly if you could return your form early in the process.
Please note - if we have had
no response from you by Friday, 8 March 2013, then your absent vote
will be cancelled.
If you have a proxy vote, where you have nominated someone to
vote on your behalf at your polling station, please enter their
name in the box provided but you need to sign in the box as the
If you have received a letter because you are
a proxy who votes by post on behalf of another person, then you
need to sign and return the form.
Please contact Electoral Services if you have any queries
regarding this refresh.
New Register of Electors Published
Following the early annual canvass, brought forward due to the
first Police & Crime Commissioner elections on 15 November last
year, the new Register of Electors was published on 16
October 2012 and will remain in force until 30 November 2013.
Read the official
The Register of Electors is primarily for use at elections but
it is also used by Credit Reference Agencies to check the details
of anyone applying for a loan, credit or mortgage.
Remember, paying Council Tax does not mean you are automatically
registered to vote. You need to register to vote separately
and you can do that right now.
Changing your registration during the
If any of your details change, i.e. you move house, you can
amend your registration under the Rolling Registration
process. Contact Electoral Services who will be pleased to
If you have any difficulties or queries please
call Electoral Services who will be pleased to help.
See more details on registering to
What’s happened previously?
The first Police & Crime Commissioner
elections were held on 15 November 2012. See the PCC page for the result in Cumbria and more
District and Parish elections for a third of
South Lakeland’s area were held on 3 May 2012 along with three
by-elections in Kendal.
Election Results page for information on previous
If you need any information or have any comments to make on
this services please Phone: 0845 050 4434
Helpline no: 01539 797537 or 797535
Post: Electoral Services, SLDC
South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4UQ
Fax: 01539 740300