There will be full local election on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Becoming a Parish Councillor is practical way for residents or those with strong connections to the parish to play an active role in developing the future of Stone Parish. By standing as a councillor for Stone Parish Council you will be working with one of only six councils in Kent to be accredited with a Quality Gold Award from the National Association of Local Councils, recognising its leadership for the community, innovative approach and highlighting how the council seeks to achieve the very best for its residents.

Stone Parish is divided into 5 wards and all 5 wards will hold elections for new members on 4th May 2023. Click the ward name below to see the candidates standing in your ward.

Castle Ward (3 seats)opens PDF file

Horns Cross Ward (2 seats)opens PDF file

Milestone Ward (2 seats)opens PDF file

St John’s Ward (3 seats)opens PDF file

Stone Village Ward (2 seats)opens PDF file

Parish Wards

May 2023 will be the first time that voter identification will be required to be shown by all voters at a polling station. This has been introduced under the Elections Act 2022.

Find out what is an acceptable voter ID and how to request a Voter Authority Certificate if you have no suitable form of photographic identity.

Poll cards are changing!

From May 2023, in order to list the suitable form of photo ID acceptable at a polling station, poll cards will be A4 size and delivered in an envelope.

Acceptable voter ID will include a passport, driving licence and a national concessionary bus pass. Certain other ID will also be acceptable and will be listed on the back of the card. The ID does not have to be valid provided that the photograph is still a suitable likeness. If you do not have any of the ID listed, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate that will be posted direct to your registered address.

The poll card will list the electoral areas – borough wards and parish wards council. At the polling station and with postal votes, electors will be presented with two ballot papers – different colours.  It will say how many votes you have on each ballot paper.

Postal votes

Postal votes will be issued as soon as possible after the close of nominations. These are sent by first class post. However, if you applied near the deadline these will be posted before polling week.

Proxy voting

If you have appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf at your allocated polling station, both you and your proxy will be sent a card.

Polling stations

Your poll card will tell you which polling station you need to go to.

At the polling station and with postal votes, electors will be presented with one or two ballot papers – different colours.  It will say how many votes you have on each ballot paper.

We’ll publish a list of all the polling stations near to the time of the election.

Key deadlines

  • Nomination of candidates time period – from publication of the Notices of Election (district and parish) until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023
  • Registration to vote deadline – 12 midnight on Monday 17 April 2023, register online now
  • Postal vote deadline – 5pm – Tuesday 18 April
  • Proxy vote deadline – 5pm – Tuesday 25 April
  • Voter Authority Certificates deadline – 5pm – Tuesday 25 April

Poll cards

Poll cards will be issued to all registered electors as soon as possible after the Notices of Election have been published at the end of March.

If you have not received a card by 7 April it may mean you are not registered. If you have moved in early 2023 you need to have ensured you have re-registered at your new address. Please contact electoral services if you have not received a poll card.

The last local election for Stone Parish Councillors was in 2019.

Local elections