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Dorset Council area elections, referendums and local polls

Dorset Council

The first election to Dorset Council will be held on 2 May 2019. 82 councillors will be elected to represent 52 wards.

The Notice of Election will be published here on Friday 15 March 2019.

To stand as a candidate for Dorset Council download a nomination pack for candidates standing for Dorset Council

Parish and town councils

Elections for all 163 parish and town councils in the Dorset Council area will also be held on 2 May 2019.

The Notice of Election will be published on Friday 15 March 2019.

To stand as a candidate for a parish or town council download a nomination pack for candidates standing for a Town or Parish Council

Submitting nomination forms

Completed nomination papers can be submitted to the Returning Officer at any time from Monday 18 March 2019 up to the deadline of 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

These must be delivered by hand and cannot be accepted if they arrive in the post.  An appointments system will operate to receive nomination papers.  You can call us on 01305 838299 from Friday 1 March 2019 to book an appointment.

We will be offering appointments during the following times at the following locations:

Appointments
 Venue  Date

 Time

South Walks House
South Walks Road
Dorchester 
DT1 1UZ 
18 March to 2 April 8.30am – 4.30pm
3 April 8.30am – 4.00pm 
Westport House
Worgret Road
Wareham 
BH20 4PP  

21, 22, 25 and
28 March

8.30am – 4.30pm 
1 April 9.30am – 7.00pm
3 April 8.30am – 4.00pm 

Nordon Lodge
Salisbury Road
Blandford Forum 
DT11 7LN 

20 March

9.30am – 7.00pm

21, 26, 27 March and
1 April

8.30am – 4.30pm

3 April

8.30am – 4.00pm

Allenview House
Hanham Road
Wimborne
BH21 1AJ 

18 and 19 March

8.30am – 4.30pm

27 March

9.30 am – 7.00pm

29 March and 2 April

8.30 am – 4.30pm

3 April

8.30 am – 4.00pm

Information for candidates

You can find more information about the role of a Dorset Councillor on the prospective councillor page.

You can find more information about standing as a candidate for election to a local authority on the Electoral Commission website

You can find more information about standing as a candidate for election to a parish or town council on the Electoral Commission website

How to vote

You can find information about how to vote in any of these elections on the how to vote page.

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