Borough and Parish Council Elections - Thursday 4 May 2023

Borough and Parish Council Elections - Thursday 4 May 2023

Borough Council and Parish Council elections will be taking place on Thursday 4 May 2023.

You can find information on this page regarding:

Voter ID

Registering to vote and absent voting

Election Notices

Information for potential candidates and agents

Voter ID

These elections will be the first to be held since the Government introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.  The Electoral Commission have produced a booklet with information which can be viewed here (.pdf)(1.25MB)(Opens in a New Window)

Most voters may already have photo ID that will be accepted, such as:

Photo ID post-it

  • Passport
  • Photocard Driving licence (including provisional licence)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document

For a full list of accepted photo ID, please visit the Electoral Commission website (Opens in a New Window).

What if I don't have an acceptable form of photo ID?

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate (Opens in a New Window).

Click here for more information about Voter ID (Opens in a New Window).

Registering to vote and absent voting

Any elector who needs to register to vote at their address can do so online.  Please make sure you have your national insurance number to hand as you will need this as part of the application process.

Applications to vote by post can be downloaded here (Opens in a New Window).

Applications to vote by proxy can be downloaded here (Opens in a New Window).

Deadline for submitting an application to... Deadline Date
Register to vote at the 4 May elections Monday 17 April 2023
Vote by post at the 4 May elections or cancel an existing postal vote 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023
Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to use as ID in the polling station 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023
Vote by proxy at the 4 May elections or cancel an existing proxy vote 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023

It may be possible to apply for an emergency proxy after the proxy deadline above if a medical or employment issue has arisen after 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.  Please contact Electoral Services for further information.

Election Notices

All statutory Election notices will be published here in due course.

Information for potential candidates and agents

A briefing for potential candidates and agents will be held prior to the elections.  More details will be published here in due course.

All candidates nominations must be received by 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023.  Candidates or agents should make an appointment to submit their nominations in person.  More information will be provided at the briefing.


Contact
Electoral Services
tel: 0115 917 3276