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.

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Polling stations for local government elections that took place on Thursday 4 May are now closed.

If you want to know when the counting of votes will begin, you can find your council on the list below:

Estimated election count timings in England (XLS)


Find out about elections where you are

Enter your postcode to find information on the elections where you are.


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