Local elections in England

Local elections are taking place across England on Thursday 4 May 2017. Find out everything you need to know to cast your vote.

The next local government elections in England will be on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Register to vote

If you want to have your say at your next local government elections, you must be registered to vote.

If you’re not already on the electoral roll, you need to register to vote by midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017.

You can register to vote online now at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you should contact your local elections office. They will be able to let you know.

Who can vote?

To vote a local government election in England you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
  • resident in the UK
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

What do local councils do?

Councils are responsible for providing local services and facilities.

Your elected representatives, or councillors, also represent you at a local level – this is known as local government.

There are 388 local councils in England and about 20,000 councillors.

How do I vote?

Local government elections

Local government elections use the first-past-the-post system.

You will be able to vote for one or more candidates. You should just mark a cross (X) against each candidate you want to vote for.

Find out more about how these voting systems work

Who is standing for election in my area?

The people you will be able to vote for – known as candidates – will not be announced until nearer the elections. This page will be updated with details of how to find out who the candidates are in your area once this information is available.

Local authorities publish names of candidates who are standing in an election around three weeks before polling day.