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Boston May Fair

Boston Borough Council and the Showman's Guild are pleased to announce that for the first time on Sunday 5th May 11am-1pm the May Fair on Bargate Green Car park and Wide Bargate will be opening without sound. This will enable families with children with additional needs to enjoy the delights of the May Fair without the sensory overload that can sometimes prevent some of them enjoying the experience.

Police and Crime Commissioner 2024

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner election is due to be held on Thursday 2 May 2024.

The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Lincolnshire is Angela Andrews, she is responsible for the co-ordination of this election across Lincolnshire. Visit the Lincoln City Council Website for further information.

The Notice of Poll and Statement of Persons Nominated can be downloaded here: 

Notice of Poll - Statement of Persons Nominated (PDF) [79KB]

The Notice of Election can be viewed below:

PCC Notice of Election (PDF) [67KB]

Notice of Submission of Election Addresses (PDF) [476KB]

Appointment of Election Sub-Agents (PDF) [62KB]

Situation of Polling Stations:

Situation of Polling Stations (PDF) [38KB]

Voter ID at polling stations

Voter Authority Certificate application deadline - 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024

To vote at the polling station voters are required to show an accepted form of photographic ID before being issued with a ballot paper.

The most common forms of photo ID are passports, photo driving licences, bus passes and Student PASS cards.   

Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. For more information about Voter Authority Certificates and acceptable forms of photo ID, please visit the Electoral Commission website - Voter ID information page

Voter Authority Certificate application deadline - 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024

Photo ID is required to be shown when voting at the polling station and your proxy will need to bring their own photo ID to the polling station when voting on your behalf (unless they apply to vote by post on your behalf).

Registering to vote

Register to vote deadline - Midnight, Tuesday 16 April 2024

To register to vote, please go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (you will need your national insurance number)

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, contact our Elections team on 01205 314220/221 or email elections@boston.gov.uk

Voting by post

Postal vote application deadline - 5pm, Wednesday 17 April 2024

To apply for a postal vote either:

  • Apply online https://www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote (you will need your national insurance number)
  • Download an application and send it by email to elections@boston.gov.uk or by post to Electoral Registration Officer, Boston Borough Council Offices, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR

Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.  

The first mailing of postal vote packs (for residents whose application has been processed before 8 April 2024) will be sent around Friday 19 April 2024 and the second batch around 20 April 2024.

Voting by proxy

Proxy vote application deadline - 5pm, Wednesday 24 April 2024

To apply for a proxy vote either:

  • Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.  

Handing in of Postal Votes at Council Offices or at a Polling Station

There will be a limit on the number of postal votes a person can hand in at the Council Offices or at a polling station - they will not be allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs for other electors plus their own.  

  • Anyone handing in postal votes will need to complete a 'return of postal voting documents' form.
  • The person handing in the postal vote(s) will need to complete the form with their name, address and the reason for handing in other people's postal votes (where appropriate).
  • They will also need to complete a declaration that they are not handing in more than the permitted number, and that they are not a political campaigner.

Reasons your Postal Votes might be Rejected:

  • If a person hands in more than five postal votes for other electors, all the postal votes (other than their own) will be rejected.
  • If there is reason to suspect that a person has already handed in the maximum number of postal votes on any previous occasion at the election, any subsequent postal votes handed in will be rejected
  • If the return of postal voting documents form is not completed with all the required information, or to the authorised officer's satisfaction, the postal vote(s) will be rejected.

Please note the Council Offices at the Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston will only accept handing in of postal votes during normal office hours of 9am-5pm.  

Rejected postal votes will not be included in the count.

After the election, the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will write to electors who have had their postal votes rejected, telling them why.