New electoral arrangements for St Albans City & District Council will be coming into effect at the next district council elections in May 2022. Read on to find out how these changes affect you.
What's a ward?
Simply put, a ward is a local authority area, typically used for electoral purposes. St Albans district is divided up into 20 wards.
What's happening to wards?
Ward boundaries in St Albans have been redrawn and will come into effect from May 2022. This means that some current names for wards won't exist anymore, while other new ones will come into existence. Some addresses will remain in their current wards, while others who live close to the changed boundaries will be in a new ward from May 2022.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils' external boundaries and structures.
It aims to deliver electoral equality, so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters, and ensure that new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the city.
|Pre-boundary changes||From elections in 2022|
|58 councillors||56 councillors|
|20 wards||20 wards|
|2-3 councillors per ward||1-3 councillors per ward|
|Currently, six wards are more than 10% away from the average number of electors per ward. By 2025 this is projected to have increased to seven||After the boundary changes, only one ward will be more than 10% away from the average number of electors per ward|
How does it affect the local elections in St Albans?
St Albans usually elects by thirds, but this year all seats are up for re-election due to new boundaries – and this means that you'll be voting for not just one candidate, but three in most wards (apart from Colney Heath (1) and Marshalswick West (2) and Redbourn (2)). That means they're a really important set of elections – so don't forget to register for your postal vote or turn up to your local polling station on the day!
It's also possible that you'll have to go to a new polling station. Your polling station address should be printed on your polling card, which is delivered by post before an election.
Don't forget to register to vote!
You need to be registered in order to vote. If you aren't registered to vote visit the gov.uk site here.
Register before midnight on 14 Apr 2022 to vote on 5 May 2022.