When the time comes, hopeful candidates put their names forward to Waverley.
They use a standard form, with proposers and seconders – all of whom need to be registered to vote in the ward the candidate is standing in.
The candidates standing may then advertise themselves, traditionally by printing leaflets, which set out why they hope the voters might choose them.
They then deliver these leaflets to the local residents – usually by hand.
Soon afterwards, they may even start knocking on doors (canvassing) to try and persuade the residents in person.
Social media are relied on more by some candidates though and this is a method that will become more commonplace as time goes by.
Waverley Borough Council then issues a Polling Card to anyone registered to vote.
And then, it’s Polling Day.
Outside the Polling Stations you will often meet people asking for your Polling Card number before you enter. These people are known as Tellers.
(They are perfectly entitled to ask, and you are perfectly entitled not to tell them the number if you don’t want to. They won’t persist.)
Their job is to get the information about who has – or hasn’t – voted and they share between them what they find out.
This way the parties can cross you off the list as having voted – which means that you won’t get a call, or a knock on the door later in the day, offering you a lift to the Polling Station – in the hope of getting you to cast your vote.
Of course, nowadays, you may have already submitted a postal vote……