Burnham-On-Sea.com provides a complete guide to the 2009 elections taking place across the area on Thursday June 4th.

Eleven candidates are contesting four seats in the Burnham-On-Sea area in this year's county council elections.

All the local County Council seats are up for grabs - with Brent having three candidates and Highbridge having four in the running.

Click here for a listing of the local candidates

.Voting Times

Polling takes place between 7am and 10pm on Thursday June 4th. There are 95 polling booths in 80 buildings across the Sedgemoor district.

.The Count for the Somerset County Council Elections:

The count for Somerset County Council will being held in Bridgwater Town Hall starting at 9.30am on Friday June 5th with an anticipated end time of 3.30pm. The results will be available on Burnham-On-Sea.com here as soon as possible.

The Divisions will be counted in the following order, starting at 9.30am:

Bridgwater East and Bawdrip
Bridgwater North and Central
Bridgwater South
Bridgwater West

Cannington
Huntspill
King Alfred
North Petherton

Brent
Burnham on Sea North
Cheddar
Highbridge and Burnham South

.The Count for the European Parliament Elections:

The count for the European parliament will be held in Bridgwater Town Hall starting at 5.30pm on Sunday 7th June. The South West European region covers Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the British Overseas territory of Gibraltar. The results will be telephoned through to the co-ordinating centre in Poole in Dorset where they have to be amalgamated with the results from across the whole of the SW region. Not until all the results from across the region are agreed as correct will the final results be announced.

.School Closures:

A number of schools in the Burnham area will be used as Polling Stations for the County Council and European Elections on Thursday 4 June. This will mean that some schools will be closed on Election Day. Local schools that have confirmed full closure:

St Johns Junior, Highbridge
Burnham-On-Sea Infants School

 

.ELECTION DIARY 2009


19 May - last day to apply for postal votes
27 May - postal votes opened (then daily)
4 June - polling day (0700 hrs to 2200 hrs)
5 June - counting of SCC votes from 0930 hrs
7 June - counting of European Election votes from 1730 hrs


.VERIFICATION PROCESS


The verification for both SCC and the European Parliament will take place immediately after polling closes at 10pm on June 4th.

This is where the ballot boxes are emptied.

The votes are counted only to ensure that the number of votes cast into the ballot boxes tally up with the paperwork from the polling station.

It is not a count of the votes for individual candidates.

It is expected that this will finish at approximately 1.30am on Friday morning.

The ballot papers for the European elections will be verified face-down, as the majority of the rest of Europe will not be voting until Sunday. The SCC votes will be verified face up.


.HOW TO VOTE


There are three different ways you can vote. How you vote is up to you. It may depend on what you find easiest or the most convenient method.

Most people vote in person at a polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).

More details are available at:

Electoral Registration Officer
Bridgewater House
King Square, Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 3AR
01278 435334