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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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Paragraph 14(2)

Form 3 - Form of postal voting statement (for use where proceedings on issue

and receipt of postal ballot papers not combined)

 

Postal Voting Statement

 
 


 

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*Voter’s name: .................................

Ballot paper no. .......................

 
  

(insert colour)

 
 

*Counting officer to insert name but omit where ballot papers sent to an anonymous elector

 
  

[other identifying mark]

 

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You must provide your [# signature and] date of birth. If you do not, the postal

 
 

voting statement will be invalid and your vote will not be counted.

 
 

I AM THE PERSON THE BALLOT PAPER NUMBERED ABOVE WAS SENT TO

 
 

Date of birth

DDMMYYYY

(voter’s date of birth)

 
 

#Signature

 

(voter’s signature)

 

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IMPORTANT - Keep

 
   

signature within border

 
 

#(Counting officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 
 

It is an offence to vote using a ballot paper that is not addressed to you.

 
 

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TO THE VOTER

 

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Issued by the counting officer

 
 

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE VOTER

 
 

Complete the ballot paper yourself and in private. If you need help, contact the

 
 

counting officer’s staff as shown below.

 
 

[contact details for assistance; include address as appropriate]

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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1.

You must provide your [#signature and] date of birth. You must do this

 
  

even if you have already signed a postal voting statement in respect of [an

 
  

election]*[or]*[another referendum]* to be held on the same day. If you do

 
  

not, the postal voting statement will be invalid and your vote will not be

 
  

counted.

 

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2.

Vote by marking one box only. Do not mark the ballot paper in any other

 
  

way or your vote may not be counted.

 
 

3.

Mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper

 
  

opposite the answer you are voting for.

 
 

4.

If you need help in voting, the person helping you must not tell anyone how

 

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you voted.

 
 

5.

Put the ballot paper in the small envelope marked A and seal it.

 
 

6.

Complete the postal voting statement by [#signing it, and] providing your

 
  

date of birth.

 
 

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Then put the envelope marked A together with the postal voting statement

 

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in the larger envelope marked B. Return it straightaway.

 
 

8.

After receiving this postal vote, you cannot vote in person at a polling

 
  

station in this referendum.

 
 

9.

If you accidentally spoil your ballot paper, you can apply to the counting

 
  

officer for a replacement before 5 pm on [day/date of poll]. You must return

 

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the spoilt ballot paper, the postal voting statement and the envelopes

 
  

marked A and B. Make sure you contact the counting officer as soon as

 
  

possible.

 
 

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Your ballot paper and the postal voting statement must be received by the

 
  

counting officer by 10 pm on [day/date of poll]. You can deliver your

 

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completed postal vote to any polling station in your voting area on polling

 
  

day.

 
 

It is an offence to vote using a ballot paper that is not addressed to you.

 
 

It is illegal to vote more than once (unless you are appointed as a proxy for

 
 

another person) in this referendum.

 

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#(Counting officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 
 

*Delete as appropriate

 
   
 

Paragraph 19(1)

Form 4 - Form of corresponding number list (to be used in polling stations for

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combined polls)

 

Voting area/electoral division/electoral area/ward/parish:

 
 

........................................

 
 

Date of Poll: .........................................

 
 
 

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Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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Polling Station: .....................................

 
 

Sheet No.: .............................................

 
 
 

Ballot Paper Number (identify the

Elector Number

 
 

number issued for the referendum/

  
 

election)

  

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Form 5 - guidance for voters to be exhibited inside and outside every polling

station

 

1.

When you are given your ballot papers go to one of the compartments.

 
 

2.

A.

At the referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom

 
   

parliamentary elections mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side

 

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of the [specify colour] ballot paper opposite the answer you are voting for.

 
  

[B.

At the local government election(s) mark a cross (X) in the box on the

 
   

right hand side of [the]* [each]* ballot paper opposite the name of [the]*

 
   

[each]* candidate you are voting for. The ballot paper[s]* for the local

 
   

government election(s) [is]* [are]* coloured [specify colour(s)]. [Vote for

 

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ONE candidate only.]*[Vote for no more than [specify number]

 
   

candidates.]*]*

 
 
 

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Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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[C.

At the [specify parish council] election mark a cross (X) in the box on the

 
   

right hand side of the [specify colour] ballot paper opposite the name of

 
   

the candidate[s]* for whom you are voting. [Vote for ONE candidate

 
   

only.]*[Vote for no more than [specify number] candidates.]*]*

 
  

[D.

At the [specify] referendum mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand

 

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side of the [specify colour] ballot paper opposite the answer you are voting

 
   

for.]*

 
  

[E.

At the Mayoral election mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side

 
   

of the [specify colour] ballot paper opposite the name[s]* of the

 
   

candidate[s]* you are voting for. [Vote for ONE candidate only.]* [Vote

 

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ONCE in column one for your first choice and vote ONCE in column two

 
   

for your second choice.]*]*

 
 

3.

Fold each ballot paper in two. Show the presiding officer the number and other

 
  

unique identifying mark on the back of the ballot paper, but do not let anyone see

 
  

your vote. Put each ballot paper in the [appropriate]* ballot box and leave the

 

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polling station.

 
 

4.

Vote once only in [each]*[the]* referendum and vote only for the number of

 
  

candidates specified on each ballot paper for an election. Put no other mark on the

 
  

ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted.

 
 

5.

If by mistake you spoil a ballot paper, show it to the presiding officer and ask for

 

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another one.

 
   
 

* Complete or omit as necessary.

 
   
 

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Form 6 - Guidance for voters to be exhibited in every polling station

compartment

 

REFERENDUM ON THE VOTING SYSTEM FOR

 
 

UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

 
 

*[specify colour] ballot paper

 

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Mark one box only.

 
   
 

*[specify name of council] COUNCIL ELECTION

 
 

*[specify colour] ballot paper

 
 

*vote for no more than [specify number] candidates

 

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*vote for ONE candidate only

 
   
 
 

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Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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*[specify name of parish] COUNCIL ELECTION

 
 

*[specify colour] ballot paper

 
 

*vote for no more than [specify number] candidates

 
 

*vote for ONE candidate only

 
   

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*[SPECIFY OTHER] REFERENDUM

 
 

*[specify colour] ballot paper

 
 

Mark one box only.

 
   
 

*ELECTION OF THE MAYOR OF [specify name of council]

 

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*[specify colour] ballot paper

 
 

*vote for ONE candidate only

 
 

*vote ONCE for your first choice and ONCE for your second choice

 
   
 

PUT NO OTHER MARKS ON THE BALLOT PAPERS OR YOUR VOTES MAY

 

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NOT BE COUNTED.

 
 

* Complete or omit as necessary.

 
   
 

Paragraph 25(2)

Form 7 - Form of certificate of employment

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Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary

 
 

elections

 
 

[insert name of voting area]

 
 

I certify that (name) ..................... who is numbered ................... in the register of

 
 

electors cannot reasonably be expected to go in person to the polling station

 

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allotted to him or her in the referendum on (date of poll) ..................... by reason of

 
 

the particular circumstances of his or her employment on that date for a purpose

 
 

connected with the referendum *as a constable / *by me.

 
 

*Delete whichever is inappropriate.

 
  

Signature .................................................

 

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*Counting officer / police officer (inspector or above)

 
    
  

Date ....................................

 
 
 

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Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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Note: The person named above is entitled to vote at any polling station in the

 
 

voting area specified above on production and surrender of this certificate to the

 
 

presiding officer.

 
   
 

Paragraph 31(1)

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Form 8 - Form of declaration to be made by the companion of a voter with

disabilities

 

I, ................................................................................................... (name of companion)

 
 

of .................................................................................................. (address of companion)

 
 

having been requested to assist ..................................................... (name of voter)

 

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[in the case of a person with disabilities voting as proxy, add

 
 

voting as proxy for ........................................................................ (name of [elector]*

 
 

[or]* [voter]*)]

 
 

whose number on the register is .................................................. to record their vote

 
 

at the [referendum(s)]* [and]* [election(s)*]* being held in this [voting area]* [/

 

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local government area]* [/parish]*

 
 

hereby declare that

 
 

(a)   

[I am entitled to vote as an [elector]* [or]* [voter]* at the said

 
 

[referendum(s)]* [and]* [election(s)]*,]*

 
 

(b)   

[I am the #.................................. of the said voter and have attained the age

 

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of 18 years,]* and

 
 

(c)   

I have not previously assisted any voter with disabilities [except

 
 

.......................... (name of other [elector]* [or]* [ voter]*), of ..........................

 
 

(address of other [elector]* [or]* [voter]*)] to vote at the said

 
 

[referendum(s)]* [or]* [election(s)]*]*.

 

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#State the relationship of the companion to the voter.

 
 

*Delete as appropriate.

 
 

(Signed) .......................................... (companion)

 
 

Date ................................................

 
 

I, the undersigned, being the presiding officer for the .............. polling station for

 

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.............. the [insert name of voting area] hereby certify that the above declaration,

 
 

having been first read to the above-named declarant, was signed by the declarant

 
 

in my presence.

 
 

(Signed)..........................................

 
 

Date ...............................................

 

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Time ........................................ (am/pm)

 
 
 

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Schedule 6 — Combination of polls: Wales
Part 1 — Provision about combination

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NOTES: (1) If the person making the above declaration knowingly and wilfully

 
 

makes therein a statement false in a material particular, he or she will be guilty of

 
 

an offence.

 
 

(2) A voter with disabilities is a voter who has made a declaration that he or she is

 

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so incapacitated by blindness or other disability, or by an inability to read, as to be

 
 

unable to vote without assistance.

 
 

Schedule 6

Section 4

 

Combination of polls: Wales

Part 1

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Provision about combination

General provisions

Interpretation

1          

The polls to be taken together under section 4(2) are referred to in this

Schedule as “combined polls”.

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2          

In this Schedule—

“Assembly election” means—

(a)   

an Assembly constituency election, or

(b)   

an Assembly regional election;

“Assembly constituency election” means an election for the return of an

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Assembly constituency member (within the meaning of section 1 of

the Government of Wales Act 2006);

“Assembly Elections Rules” means the rules set out in Schedule 5 to the

Welsh Assembly Order;

“Assembly regional election” means an election for the return of an

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Assembly regional member (within the meaning of section 1 of the

Government of Wales Act 2006);

“constituency returning officer” is to be construed in accordance with

Article 18 of the Welsh Assembly Order;

“counting agent” means a counting agent for the referendum or a

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counting agent for an Assembly election (except where one or other

is specified);

“regional returning officer” is to be construed in accordance with

Article 18 of the Welsh Assembly Order;

“returning officer” means a person who is a constituency returning

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officer or a regional returning officer (unless one or the other is

specified);

“the Welsh Assembly Order” means the National Assembly for Wales

(Representation of the People) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/236).

 
 

 
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