Local government elections in England
The voting system
First past the post.
Who am I voting
Between one and three councillors to represent your ward on the
local council. There are 388 local councils in England and about
How to vote
Always read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper
carefully, even if you have voted before.
The ballot paper lists the name of
each candidate along with their party name, party logo and their
Depending on where you live you will
be able to vote for between one and three candidates. The
instructions at the top of your ballot paper will tell you how many
candidates you can vote for.
Simply put an X (a cross) next to each
candidate that you wish to vote for. You do not have to use all of
your votes; the suggested number is a maximum.
If you make a mistake then you can ask
the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.
You may also be voting in other
elections on the same day.
Who is elected?
The number of candidates to be elected will be the same as the
number of votes that you were allowed. The candidate with the most
votes is elected first, then if required the candidate with the
second highest number of votes is elected, then the third placed
No candidate needs to get more than
half of the votes cast. If there is a tie then a candidate is
selected by the drawing of lots (i.e. a method of selection by
chance such as tossing a coin or picking a name out of a hat).