Elections taking place in your area

On this page you can find the answers to frequently asked questions about elections in your area.

Can I vote in local government elections in the UK?

You can vote in local government elections if you have registered to vote in time for the election and are:

  • a British citizen living in the UK
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
  • a citizen of the Irish Republic living in the UK
  • a European Union citizen living in the UK
  • registered to vote as a Crown Servant
  • registered to vote as a service voter

In order to vote, Commonwealth citizens must live in the UK and either have leave to remain, or not require such leave.

You cannot vote in local government elections if you are:

  • a British citizen living abroad and are registered as an overseas elector

How will I know when an election is coming up in my area?

If you are registered to vote, your local elections office will send you a poll card telling you when an election is happening. This will let you know where and when you can vote.

You can also find out if an election is coming up in your area by entering your postcode in the 'Your local area' section of our homepage.

When is the next election in the UK?

You can find out if an election is coming up in your area by entering your postcode in the 'Your local area' section of our homepage.

Who is standing for election in my area?

Local authorities publish names of candidates who are standing in an election around three weeks before polling day. To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the Your local area section of our homepage.

Where can I get info about candidates standing for election in my area?

There is no single source of candidate information. To find out about candidates ahead of an election, you could visit candidate or political party websites, or write to the political parties.

Local authorities publish names of candidates who are standing in an election around three weeks before polling day. To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the Your local area section of our homepage.