Election Day - Thursday 2 May 2024

Information about the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election and the Borough Council elections

Police and Crime Commissioner election 

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected representatives across England and Wales who are responsible for ensuring that the police meet the needs of their local communities.  The first PCCs were elected in 2012, replacing the former police authorities. By voting at the election you can have your say on which candidate carries out this important post. The successful candidate in the Hertfordshire PCC election will oversee how the county is policed; set the police budget; decide the amount of council tax that is charged for the police and keep residents updated on what the local police are doing to keep the area safe.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council elections

All 16 wards will have elections.  Of the 16 wards up for election, there are 14 Conservative seats and 2 Liberal Democrat seats.

Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Election Agents

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Borough Council Elections

Notice of Election

Applications for electoral registration

To vote in the elections, you must be included in the register of electors.  If you are not already registered, you can register online on Register to Vote or contact Electoral Services by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by telephone on 01707 357300 to request an application form.

All registration applications must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Absent Voting - by post or by proxy

If you are included in the Welwyn Hatfield register of electors, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Application Type Deadline for application forms to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer

New postal and postal proxy votes, or requests to change or cancel an existing postal, postal proxy or proxy appointment.

Government online portal

Download a paper application form to vote by post

5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024

New proxy votes (but not postal proxy or emergency proxy votes - see information below.

Government online portal

Download a paper application form to vote by proxy

5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024

You can contact Electoral Services by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by telephone on 01707 357300 to request a paper application form if you are unable to use the portal or download a form.  When completed it can be emailed to elections@welhat.gov.uk and must arrive by the relevant deadline.

Please note that the above absent voting applications require your personal identifiers - date of birth, signature, and National Insurance Number, and must be completed correctly.

Voter ID

The UK Government introduced a requirement for voters to show photographic identification when voting at a polling station.  You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable.  You can view a list of acceptable forms of ID at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Voter Authority Certificate (voter ID) section.  If you have a postal vote, you do not need to provide any photographic identification.

If you do not already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.  Applications for a Voter Authority Certificate or an Anonymous Elector's Document valid for these elections must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Room F6, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024. You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online at Apply for a Photo ID Certificate or contact Electoral Services by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by telephone on 01707 357300 to request a paper application form.

Emergency proxy application

An emergency proxy may be granted where the emergency has occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024 on the grounds of a physical incapacity, for work/service reasons or attendance at a training or educational course.

You must complete the form correctly.  Applications must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 2 May 2024.  Please contact Electoral Services on 01707 357300 for advice if this is required.

Polling station Change in Peartree Ward

There has been a change to one polling station in Peartree Ward following a polling district, places and stations review.  The polling station for polling districts BBA and BBC will be WGC and Hatfield Sea Cadets, 64-68 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1JU.  This has replaced Peartree School which is no longer available for use as a polling station.  Please check your poll card for details of the polling station you will need to attend in Peartree Ward.

Change to Polling Districts in Hollybush Ward

There have been changes to the configuration of polling districts in Hollybush Ward.  Some streets have moved into different polling districts following a polling district, places and stations review.  Please check your poll card for details of the polling station you will need to attend in Hollybush Ward.

Information for Candidates and Agents

Information, Paperwork and guidance for standing as a candidate and nomination packs are available from the Electoral Commission Website:

Guidance for Candidates or Agents