Current By Elections

By-elections can occur in any district, ward or parish if a serving councillor resigns, dies or is disqualified, thereby creating a 'casual vacancy'.

When a casual vacancy arises, the relevant council must publish a "Notice of Vacancy". If a request to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the returning officer, and it fulfils the criteria below, a by-election will be held.

  • For a district council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of two electors registered within the District.
  • For a parish or town council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of ten electors registered within the parish, to be received before the deadline stated in the Notice of Vacancy.

The candidate elected at the by-election will then serve the remainder of the term in office until the next election. 

The returning officer for South Oxfordshire District Council is Margaret Reed (see details in Contact section of this page).


We have the following by-elections coming up:

Henley North By election to be held on 18 January:

Our office will be closed from 3pm 22nd December 2017 and will reopen on 2nd January 2018. If you need to register to vote or to apply, change or cancel a postal or proxy vote then you will need to do so following the below instructions.

Register to vote:

Deadline Midnight Tuesday 2 January 2018

Please apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you are unable to register online then the Parish Clerk will have paper forms available. We will need these in our letterbox by the deadline Tuesday 2 January 2018. You can phone us until 5pm on 2 January to register over the phone, you will need your national insurance number to hand.

Applying, Changing or Cancelling a Postal vote:

Deadline 5pm Wednesday 3 January 2018

If you are applying for or changing the address for your postal vote, you will need to complete a new application form.

You will need to download the form using the Electoral Commission Website and return the completed form by email, either scanned or a clear photograph, by the deadline.

If you wish to cancel an existing postal vote, you will need to write to us and can either email or leave a letter in our letterbox. We will not cancel a postal vote over the phone or by you using the online service to re-register.

Applying, Changing or Cancelling a Proxy Vote:

Deadline 5pm Wednesday 10 January 2018

If you are applying for or changing the name of your proxy then you need to complete a new application form.

You will need to download the relevant application form using the Electoral Commission website and return the completed form to us by email, post or in person by handing it in to reception or leaving it in the letterbox.

You can find further information regarding postal voting or proxy voting website on our web pages.

Last reviewed: 15 - 12 - 2017

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