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Guidance for candidates and agents

For information on the last full local elections please see Cornwall Council and Parish and Town Council Elections 2017.

Information packs for candidates

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When an election is due to begin, candidate information packs for Cornwall Council and Parish and Town Council Elections will be available from our Electoral Services office. 

Candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections should contact the Elections Office at Exeter City Council, who will be leading these elections for the Devon and Cornwall Police area.

The packs contain required forms and guidance on the election process. These are are usually available shortly before the Notice of Election is published. This notice marks the official start of the election timetable.

If you wish to be a candidate at an election, please contact us as soon as possible to request an information pack. Our contact details are to the right side of this page.

You must return completed nomination papers by hand to the place and by the legal deadline stated in the Notice of Election.

The government has made changes to reduce the number of signatures required to validate a candidate’s nomination. This temporary change will limit the need for in-person contact in March 2021 when nominations must be completed.

Further information is available via the following links:

More publications for parish and town councils are on the National Association of Local Councils website.

Withdrawal of nominations now closes at the same time as receipt of nominations. 

If you are nominated in more than one division or ward, you must withdraw from all areas but one before the withdrawal of nominations deadline.

If you do not withdraw from all but one, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from all areas and will no longer be a candidate.

If you are not sure which area you wish to stand in, please view our interactive map of electoral boundaries.  Use the plus + and minus - buttons to left to zoom in and out. You can drag the map to the area of interest to display the relevant boundaries on the map.

Electoral boundaries in Cornwall are due to change at the Cornwall Council and town/parish/city council elections in May 2021. The number of Cornwall Council divisions will reduce to 87. Some parish/town council boundaries will also be affected by these new divisions.

Please refer to the Electoral Commission Code of conduct for campaigners: electoral registration, postal voting, proxy voting and polling stations.

The code is a guide for campaigners, electoral administrators and police forces. It gives guidance on behaviour at polling stations and in the community before polling day.