There many levels of government affecting Weybridgians each with their own election process.
People may vote in person, by proxi or by post.
Town – Weybridge has not had is own town government since we merged with Walton in 1933.
Borough – Elmbridge has 48 councillors from which a government is formed (9 for Weybridge – seven Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat and one Resident party). Currently Elmbridge has a Conservative government. Councillors are elected through three member wards using the first-past the post system. Usually each year one of the three councillors completes their term of office and might seek re-election. It is not a very democratic system and is falling out of favour – Scotland and Northern Ireland use preference voting (and Wales is soon to do so). Elections are held on the first Thursday in May (unless there are European elections). About every five years the government of Elmbridge changes party control.
County – Surrey has 90 councillors, one for Weybridge, from which a government is formed. Surrey has always had a Conservative government – and it is thought that that is one of the reasons why Surrey government is so poorly run. Councillors are elected through one member divisions using the first-past the post system. The county has a general election every four years. Elections are held on the first Thursday in May (unless there are European elections).
Province – South-east England (Saxonia) does not have its own government unlike Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Saxonia has around twice the population as Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales combined. Apparently they have the capacity to govern themselves but we do not.
State – Britain has a two chamber legislature: the upper house has around 1,000 unelected peers; and, the lower house has 650 elected members from which a government is formed. Britain has a Conservative government. Weybridge is part of the Runnymede and Weybridge constituency which returns a Conservative representative. Members are elected through one member constituencies using the first-past the post system. Elections are held on the first Thursday in May (unless there are European elections).
Country – Europe has a two chamber legislature: the upper house has 28 members each appointed by a government of the member states; and, the lower house has 751 elected members from which a government is formed. Europe has a loose coalition government of the Peoples’ Party and the Socialist Party. The Liberal Democrats are a critical supporter of the government but the Conservatives, Greens and UKIP are in the opposition. Weybridge is part of the South East England constituency which returns ten MEPs (Three Conservative party members, three Freedom party [UKIP] members, one Socialist party [Labour] member, one Green party member, one Liberal Democrat party member and one Nationalist party [UKIP] member. Members for Weybridge are elected through multi-member constituencies using the closed preference list system every five years. Elections are held on the first Sunday in June (In Britain, Malta and Cyprus on the Thursday beforehand) but it varies.