Today is the day! Do not forget to vote. Remember those who are as we write this, giving their lives in a war to preserve their right to vote. We are very lucky to take for granted rights that others are denied.
Somerset has attracted a lot of media attention because of the historic strength of LibDems in the county. Our election is being seen as a bell weather for how the Conservative vote is holding up. But both Greens and Labour are hoping for a good showing too.
In the last election in 2017 for 55 seats, the Conservatives won with the following numbers of councillors elected:
- Conservative 35;
- Liberal Democrat 12;
- Independent 3;
- Labour 3;
- Green Party 2
This time their are 110 seats up for grabs as voters have their say on Somerset’s first unitary council. It is not a small election either. Some 434,672 people are eligible to vote for the new Somerset Council and 80,923 postal votes have been issued already.
Don’t forget this is not just an election for the Unitary Council. Every parish and town has an election too. At least they do if enough candidates put their names forward. They need your votes too.
Your polling card will tell you which of the 477 polling stations you should go to in order to vote. The Polling stations will be open until 10pm today. So you have plenty of time to cast your vote!
Remember that for this election, whoever you vote in will be a councillor for 5 years instead of the usual 4.
What happens next? After the Polling Stations ballot boxes will be sealed and sent to one of the four district counting centres. Verification of votes will start as soon as ballot boxes start arriving. It is anticipated that this will take until 03.30 hrs on Friday, 6 May.
Counting proper will start at 10am on Friday. The expectation is that the full results for the Unitary Council will be known by 4pm on Friday.