Elections & voting
The next local council elections will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019. Prior to the full Southend Council elections on that date there will be a by-election in Milton Ward because of the sad death of Councillor Julian-Ware Lane. That will be held on Thursday 21st March. Our candidate for that by-election is Stephen George. The names and profiles of Labour’s candidates for May are listed on the page at this link.
The next General Election (voting for a Member of Parliament) will be held no later than 5th May 2022, but could be called at any time before then if the government falls. Labour’s candidate for Rochford & Southend East is Ashley Dalton and you can read more about Ashley and see the latest campaign news on her website.
To register to vote either for the first time or if you have moved house, please go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few minutes, you’ll just need your National Insurance number to hand. The closing date to register to vote for next May’s elections is Friday 12th April 2019.
If you already registered to vote at your address and would like a postal vote, please download and complete the form available from this link and send it to the Electoral Services Officer at the council. To request a proxy vote (someone to vote for you if you are unable to for any reason) please click on this link. To obtain a proxy vote you will have to be registered to vote in the constituency but the person who will be voting for you doesn’t have to be; they just need to be someone you trust. To be valid for May’s elections, applications for postal votes must reach the Council by Monday 15th April 2019, or for new proxy votes by 5pm on Wednesday 24th April.