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Changes to Carlisle ballot papers

On the build-up to the May elections, Carlisle City Council’s Electoral Services team is advising voters of some changes to their ballot paper.

Voters will notice that the ballot paper they receive for the Carlisle City Council elections on Thursday 2 May will be longer and will contain more names than in recent years.

Voters can select up to three candidates from any of the candidates in the list.

The three candidates that receive the most votes will be elected to represent the ward.

If voters choose more than three candidates on their ballot paper, their vote will be ‘spoilt’ and will not be counted.

Voters are advised to read your ballot paper carefully and follow the instructions.

Following a boundary review, all current Carlisle City Council wards will change at this May’s election. The Boundary Commission’s final recommendation was that Carlisle should be represented by 39 city councillors in the future: thirteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also proposed that those councillors should represent 13 three-councillor wards.

Voters will be voting at the same time as everyone else in the district, as all 39 seats are up for election.

Elections will be held in the following 13 wards on Thursday 2 May: Belah & Kingmoor; Botcherby & Harraby North; Brampton & Fellside; Cathedral & Castle; Currock & Upperby; Dalston & Burgh; Denton Holme & Morton South; Harraby South & Parklands; Longtown & the Border; Newtown & Morton North; Sandsfield & Morton West; Stanwix & Houghton; and Wetheral & Corby.

Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday, 2 May.

The count will take place during the day on Friday, 3 May and results will be posted on www.carlisle.gov.uk/elections

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