Polling stations have opened across the area so residents can vote in district, town and parish elections as well as the referendum on the alternative vote.
Residents are being asked to elect Councillors for East Lindsey District Council as well as their local town/parish councils. At District level this could lead to major changes in which services are delivered by the District council. However, most town and parish councils are likely to see fewer changes due to the smaller number of candidates.
Spilsby will elect a new District Councillor as the current Councillor, Jim Swanson, is running in the Halton Holegate Ward this time against current incumbent, Julia Pears. There have been 13 nominees for 12 Councillor roles on Spilsby Town Council meaning that wholesale changes are not on the cards although some changes have taken place.
Residents are also being asked by Central Government for their views on the electoral system – whether to stick with the current system which operates on a ‘first past the post’ system where the majority wins – or move to the alternative vote were residents state a preference order for the candidates. This could have a major impact on the way future Governments are elected.
One group of Councillors not being affected by the election are the Lincolnshire County Councillors as their election schedule is set differently – and was last held at the same time as the General Election last year.
To find your nearest polling station, please visit the East Lindsey District Council website (link below).