What are they?
In May this year, local residents will be going to the polls to decide who represents them on Kent County Council.
Kent County Council (KCC) is responsible for carrying out a number of tasks that affect all of us on a daily basis. It keeps the schools running, manages social care, looks after the roads, and maintains public libraries.
There are also by-elections for Canterbury City Council.
KCC elections are held every four years. Within the county are 72 divisions. Each division returns either one or two councillors, with 81 councillors elected in total. There are eight divisions within the Canterbury area, each returning one councillor.
The last election was held in 2017. The Conservatives won 67 seats. The Liberal Democrats were the next largest party, winning 7 and becoming the official opposition.
In Canterbury, the Conservatives won 7 seats, the Lib Dems won 1, and Labour didn’t win any.
How will it be different this year?
Due to Covid-19, there will be significant restrictions on the campaigning that any party can do. A large part of running for elections involves getting out and speaking to people by knocking on doors and holding street stalls. Clearly, lockdown has a huge effect on this.
Aside from the restrictions on campaigning, voters may also be reluctant or unable to leave their homes to go and vote. For this reason, it’s vital that everyone registers for a postal vote.
Vote by post in Canterbury
Registering for a postal vote does not prevent you from voting in person on the day if you choose to, although you won’t be able to vote twice.
Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote. You don’t need to give a reason. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can register online here (you’ll need your National Insurance number).
To apply for a postal vote, you need to download and fill in the application form. The form should then be returned to:
The deadline to register to vote by post for the 2021 elections is Tuesday 20 April.
If you need any help or assistance completing or returning you postal vote application, please get in touch.
Who can I vote for?
The full list of Lib Dem candidates will be released soon.
How can I help?
Because of the difficulties this election throws up, more than ever before we need your help. We need money and we need volunteers.
We need to raise £10,000 to fight this campaign. We have already raised significant sums from donors, but whether you can spare £10 or £100, we need your help. In particular, we need £5,000 to pay for postage as we aren’t able to deliver by hand.
We also need volunteers. You can help without leaving your home. We need people to stuff envelopes, make phone calls, and help with admin. Can you spare the occasional hour to help? If so, please get in touch.