Guidance for Candidates

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On Thursday 4th May 2017, Hertfordshire County Council elections are being held in the St Albans District area. This page will be used to provide guidance for prospective candidates.

General information

The Electoral Commission’s website contains comprehensive guidance for candidates:

A timetable for 2017 local elections is available here

Key dates and deadlines

Candidate and Agent briefing session

7th March 2017 at 2pm

Notice of Election published

27th March 2017

First date for submitting nomination papers

28th March 2017

Deadline for submitting nomination papers

4th April 2017 at 4pm

Postal voting packs posted to electors

Around 19th April 2017

Deadline for electors to register to vote

13th April 2017 at midnight

Deadline for electors to apply for a postal vote

18th April 2017 at 5pm

Deadline for electors to apply for a proxy vote

25th April 2017 at 5pm


4th May 2017

Verification and count

4th May 2017 from 10pm


St Albans City and District Council will oversee the nomination process for potential candidates standing for Hertfordshire County Council divisions within the district; please see below for further details:

Candidate and Agent briefing session:

A briefing session will be held for candidates and agents at 2pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017. Please contact the electoral services team directly on 01727 819565 or for more information.

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible to stand as a candidate, you must be aged 18 or over on the day of your nomination. You must also be a British, Irish, Commonwealth, or European Union citizen and meet one of four residency criteria. Further details regarding the eligibility criteria can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website here.

Nomination packs:

Nomination packs will be available from 7th March. To request a nomination pack please contact the electoral services team directly on 01727 819565 or

Completing nomination papers:

It is recommended that you read the Electoral Commission’s guidance before completing your nomination papers.

We also highly recommend that you meet with a member of the electoral services team to carry out an informal check of your papers before they are formally submitted and lodged.

Submitting nomination papers:

The deadline for submitting completed nomination papers is 4:00pm on Tuesday 4th April 2017. However, you are advised to deliver the papers as early as possible to ensure that any errors can be rectified. No exceptions can be made to this deadline.

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to: The Deputy Returning Officer, Electoral Services, 2nd Floor, St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE.

Nomination papers should be delivered between the hours detailed below:  

Tuesday 28  – Thursday 30 March

08:45 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 31 March

08:45 am – 4:45 pm

Monday 3 April

08:45 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday 4 April

08:45 am – 4:00 pm

Contact details

General Enquiries

St Albans City & District Council - Electoral Services Office

01727 819550

The Electoral Commission

English regional teams

0333 103 1928

Hertfordshire County Council

General enquiries - 0300 123 4040

Website -

Date of last review: 29 March 2017