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Local elections – Thursday 4 May 2023

On Thursday 4 May 2023, everyone aged 18 or over who is eligible will have the chance to vote in the district council election. 

By voting in this election, you will help to choose local councillors to make decisions on important issues, such as where we should focus our efforts locally to help tackle climate change, where and how new housing gets built, how we work to ensure there’s enough affordable housing and much more.

Residents in some areas will also be able to vote in parish or town council elections.

New for 2023 – to vote at the polling station in this election you must bring photo ID!

The May 2023 local elections will be the first time that voters in the UK will be required to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.

A range of photo ID will be accepted, including passports, driving licences, disabled parking blue badges and cards with a PASS Mark.  Expired ID is acceptable, as long as the photograph is still a true likeness of you.

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you can APPLY NOW for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.  If you need to apply for ID, you must do so by 5pm on 25 April, in order to vote in this election.

For more information, including the full list of accepted ID and on how you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, visit The Electoral Commission website – electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID or call 0800 328 0280.

To vote in this election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election
  • be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be registered at an address in the area you want to vote in
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Register to vote

To cast your ballot in this election you must be registered to vote at your current address by midnight on Monday 17 April – if you are not already registered, visit gov.uk/registertovote.

Who can you vote for?

You can find out who you will be able to vote for by using our postcode search which will be available by 4pm on Wednesday 5 April.

Voting at polling station?  Find out when and where you need go

Several weeks before election day we’ll send all registered voters a polling card confirming where you need go to cast your vote on Thursday 4 May.  You will also be able to find this information via the postcode search on our website.

On election day you will be able to vote anytime between 7am and 10pm – just don’t forget to bring your ID with you!

To find out more, visit our page about voting at your local polling station.

Apply to vote by post

To vote by post in this election you must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April – to find out how, visit our page on voting by post.  

Apply to allow someone to vote on your behalf

This is known as a proxy vote.  If you wish to apply for a proxy vote you must do so by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.  To find out how, visit our page on voting by proxy.

Are you a first-time voter?

If this is the first time you will be voting, you can find lots of useful information in our guide for first-time voters.  This includes all about how elections work, how you vote and what happens at a polling station.

How to find out the election results

We’ll be counting the votes on Friday 5 May 2023, you will be able to follow the results on our website and via our social media channels.

Information for election candidates, agents and parish councils

Please see our dedicated information page for election candidates, agents and parish councils, including links to nomination papers and guidance.

View the election notices

We will publish the election notices on this page from 20 March onwards.

Key dates for this election

  • 20 March – candidates nomination period opens
  • 5 April – details of who you can vote for published (by 4pm)
  • 17 April – deadline to register to vote in this election (midnight)
  • 18 April – deadline to apply to vote by post (5pm)
  • 25 April – deadline to apply to vote by proxy (5pm)
  • 25 April – deadline to apply for voter ID (5pm)
  • 4 May – voting day (7am to 10pm)
  • 5 May – election results day

Contact us - Electoral services

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South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
Abingdon
OX14 3JE