Everything you need to know about the Lincolnshire County Council election

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The Lincolnshire County Council election is taking place on Thursday May 4, when county residents will be asked to vote for their ward councillors.

Almost 300 candidates are standing for 70 wards in the county.

Who’s standing in my ward?

There are 18 seats up for grabs in Lincoln and surrounding villages. To view the full list of candidates in each of the wards in the city, see The Lincolnite’s story here.

You can also see the full list of candidates vying for votes across the county on Lincolnshire Reporter here.

Can I vote?

You must be registered to vote, 18 or over, a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen and not legally excluded. The registration deadline has already passed for the 2017 Lincolnshire County Council election.

The deadline has also passed to apply to vote by post.

Council contacts

To check if you’re registered to vote and to find your polling station, visit your local council website via the following links:

What will happen on election day?

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on election day and the count will officially begin following the closure of the polls.

The counts

The counting process will be managed by district councils and will take place at the following venues from 10pm:

  • Boston Borough Council
    • Peter Paine Performance Centre, Rosebery Avenue, Boston, PE21 7QR
  • City of Lincoln Council
    • The Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
  • East Lindsey District Council
    • Meridian Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Louth, LN11 8RS
  • North Kesteven District Council
    • OneNK Sports Centre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX
  • South Holland District Council
    • Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, PE12 6ET
  • South Kesteven District Council
    • The Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Road, Grantham, NG31 7XQ
  • West Lindsey District Council
    • West Lindsey Leisure Centre, The Avenue, Gainsborough, DN21 1EP

When will we know the results?

Results for each ward will be published live by The Lincolnite and Lincolnshire Reporter websites and on social media. A liveblog will be running on Lincolnshire Reporter throughout the night and morning.

It’s expected that results will arrive between 3am and 5am.

Following this, residents will also be able to see a full breakdown of the final makeup of the council as well as reactions to the results on both news websites.

Why are there only 70 councillor seats?

A recent review of the electoral arrangements for Lincolnshire County Council decided that 70 councillors should represent 70 single-member electoral divisions, a reduction of seven from the current 77 councillors.

Some 36 seats will be required for a political party to form a majority on the council.


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