On Thursday, 5th May, 2016 there will be 3 elections for voters registered in St George:
– Bristol Mayoral
– Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
– Bristol local elections for councillors
The Bristol Mayoral and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will use a supplementary voting system.
The local elections will be decided by simple majorities also known as the “first past the post” system.
In St George there will be 3 new wards. These were first described on this website last year
These wards can now be seen on the Bristol City Council Pinpoint Mapping System. Just click on the images below to view larger versions of the maps that you can enlarge or shrink. The wards are:
St George West – a ward represented by 1 councillor
St George Central – a ward represented by 2 councillors
- St George Troopers Hill – a ward represented by 1 councillor
To register to vote
If you wish to register to vote please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Will you be away from home on Thursday, 5th May?
You can register for a postal vote or a proxy vote.
Where do I vote?
You will receive a card through the post telling you where to vote, which will be a polling station set up in your local polling area. If you live in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area this map shows polling stations with a pink or blue square with a cross for each polling area, outlined in a broken red line.
Would you like to become a councillor?
The council is under-represented in terms of age, ethnicity and sexuality, as are many public bodies. On Bristol City Council’s website there is general information about becoming a councillor and information that is more directly aimed at women and also includes information that is of use to parents.
Following the recent consultation on the draft recommendations for changes to ward boundaries in Bristol (which closed in February); the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is now considering the responses received.
The Commission will publish its conclusions on 12th May (a few days after this year’s elections).
The new ward boundaries will then apply for the ‘all out’ Council Elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.
You can see the Commission’s draft proposals (published in December) and the responses received on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-west/bristol/bristol (look under ‘Consultation on draft recommendations’)
Results of yesterday’s by-election in St George West:
Milestone, Sue (Labour) – 1,141
Somers, Chloe Alice (Green) – 494
Lewis, David Thomas Harrison (Conservative) – 425
Potter, Tony (Liberal Democrat) – 387
Westhead, Jane Marjory (Independents for Bristol) – 354
Boyd, Tom (TUSAC) – 93
Cllr Sue Milestone therefore joins Cllr Ron Stone as Councillor for St George West.
There was no election in St George East, Cllr Fabian Breckels and Cllr Steve Pearce remain as Councillors.
Fabian Breckels and Sue Milestone will both be up for election next year. In 2016 there will be all-out elections but before that there will be a review of both the number of Councillors in Bristol and the ward boundaries.
The full results ofg yesterday’s elections can be seen at on the Council’s website.
The full election results are available on the Bristol City Council website.
The turnout for the two St George Wards for the Mayoral vote was:
St George East 14.45%
St George West 18.44%
The Ward with the highest turnout was Henleaze (42.64%), and Hartcliffe Ward had the lowest turnout in the city (11.21%). The city wide turnout was 22.93%. All the preceedings stats exclude postal votes. For those issued with postal votes, 57.84% return the ballot forms. The total turnout for Bristol (at polling stations and by post) was 90,273 votes cast by an electorate of 323,310 (27.92%). The ward by ward turnout information is available here.
The turnout for the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner is not available ward-by-ward. It is interesting to note, however, that of those across Bristol that visited their Polling Station to cast their votes in person, 1,420 more people submitted a Mayoral ballot paper than submitted their PCC ballot paper.