May 2023 - Elections
General information for all voters
On 4 May 2023, roughly 48,000 voters will be asked to vote in borough and town/parish council elections.
Not all town/parish councils will have contested elections - so depending on where you live you might not be able to vote in parish elections.
Poll cards will be dispatched around 17 March - and this year will be a folded A4 card if you vote in person or by proxy and an A5 card if you are a postal voter.
All voters at polling stations and proxy voters will need photographic ID to vote on 4 May 2023. Postal voters will be unaffected.
Ballot papers will be WHITE for the borough council elections and GREEN for any contested town/parish council elections.
If you can't make it to your polling station on 4 May - you can apply to vote by post, or apply to vote by proxy
Polling Stations and Candidates in your area
(Please note - information about candidates won't be available until 5 April - as nominations to stand as a councillor are still open)
Information about postal votes
Postal votes will be dispatched around 17 April 2023. You may receive 2 different postal vote packs - if so, you'll need to return both postal vote packs.
All postal voters will receive a postal vote pack for the borough election (white ballot paper) and if the town/parish council election in your area is contested, you will receive a second postal vote for the town/parish election (green ballot paper).
Key deadlines at these elections
|List of candidates available online||05/04/2023|
|Deadline to register to vote||17/04/2023|
|Deadline to apply for a new postal vote, change or cancel a postal vote (5.00pm)||18/04/2023|
|Deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate (voter ID) (5.00pm)||25/04/2023|
|Deadline to apply for a proxy vote (5.00pm)||25/04/2023|
|Deadline to apply for an emergency proxy vote (5.00pm)||04/05/2023|
|Deadline to apply for a replacement postal vote if lost or spoilt (5.00pm)||04/05/2023|
You can also download the full election timetable (pdf)
Official election notices
These links will become live as notices are published:
- Notice of election for borough elections and parish elections
- Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll
- Notice of situation of polling stations
- Notice of election agents
- Declaration of Results
Last updated Tuesday, 28th March 2023
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