Election services

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Norwich City Council elections office is responsible for registering electors, conducting elections and taking part in new initiatives to increase the number of people registering to vote. You can contact us on 01603 212053 or email elections@norwich.gov.uk

2015 Annual Canvass

Your vote matters. Make sure you’re in.

The annual household canvass takes place each year to ensure that the electoral register is as accurate as possible.

Due to the recent switch to Individual Elector Registration (IER) your annual household canvass form will look different this year.

From August 2015, we will send a Household Enquiry Form to every property in Norwich. The letter will be addressed to “The Occupier” and will list the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote. Anyone whose name does not appear on the list will not be registered to vote.

Canvassing officers will be visiting non-responding properties between 14 September and 11 October 2015

What you need to do

We will ask you to confirm that the details of those living at that address and registered to vote are correct.

You can respond to us in a number of ways. You will need the security codes printed on your letter to use any of the automated services.

If all the details are correct:

  • Call 08082 841464 (free), or
  • Text 07786 209364 with your security codes separated with a space. or
  • Sign the declaration on page 3 of the form and return the form in the pre-paid envelope provided.

If details are incorrect or missing:

This includes anyone who has moved into the property or moved away.

What happens next?

If you respond and there are no changes, we won’t need to contact you again during the 2015 canvass.

If you add anyone to the form who is eligible to vote and not currently registered, we will send them a voter registration form. Alternatively, they can go online and register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Please include anyone aged 16 or 17 as this maybe the first opportunity for them to register. Voter registration forms will not be sent out to those individuals who are already confirmed electors at your address.

For more details on the electoral registration system, please visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

Recent election results

By-election results for Mile Cross, 16 July 2015 

Election results for 7 May 2015

​Local election results for Norwich City Council


Norwich South constituency results


Norwich North constituency results

The parliamentary election for Norwich North constituency was managed by Broadland District Council. Click here for details of the Norwich North results

Register to vote

How do I register to vote?

  1. Follow this link to register to vote
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card or in official paperwork such as payslips or letters about benefits/tax credits.
  3. Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.

How can I vote by post?

You need to be on the individual electoral register to apply for a postal vote. You can download a postal application here. Alternatively you can contact the elections office for a form to be sent to you.

How can someone vote on my behalf (proxy voting)?

You need to be on the individual electoral register to apply for a proxy vote. You can download a proxy voting application here. Alternatively you can contact the elections office for a form to be sent to you.

Who is eligible to vote

You must be 18 years old or over, a British, other Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union Citizen and living in the Norwich City Council area.
Norwich residents who are registered to vote, can vote to elect people to:
  • Norwich City Council - ordinary elections are held on the first Thursday in May, unless the Secretary for State orders otherwise. There are 13 wards and 39 councillors are elected in thirds.
  • Norfolk County Council - 84 councillors are elected from across the county. Elections were held on the first Thursday in May 2013, with the next elections due in May 2017. Vacancies can arise at any time between ordinary elections.
  • Parliament - Parliamentary elections are held every five years, with the next one scheduled for May 2020. By-elections are held when a sitting MP dies, resigns or ceases to be qualified to serve.
  • European Parliament - European elections are held every five years on a date fixed by the European Parliament. 

The electoral register and the open register

Using the information we receive, we compile the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). Find out more about the registers.

Everyone applying to register to vote is asked to choose if they wish to have their details excluded from the open register.

If you wish to have your current details excluded from or added to the open register, complete the online form. If you

Remove or add your details to the open register

If you are not registered, you can do all this on line at


More information for voters

Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations

We have undertaken a formal review of polling districts, polling places and/or polling stations currently used for elections in Norwich and invited representation and comments from interested persons.

The consultation period for the review was from Monday 4 August until Friday 26 September 2014. The responses received during the consultation process and the recommendations of the Polling District Review Group are available via the following links:

Formal notice of the review (47 Kb pdf)

Consultation response received from returning officer (19 Kb pdf)

Response received from returning officer to Polling District Review group's recommendation (70 Kb pdf)

Consultation response received from Norwich Labour Party (14 Kb pdf)

Recommendations of the Polling District Review Group to cabinet (277 Kb pdf)

Recommendations of cabinet to council (285 Kb pdf)

Changes to polling scheme - council decision (82 Kb pdf)

Information about the current polling districts, polling places and polling stations

How to vote at a polling station

The About my vote website explains how to vote in person: Click here to find out how it's done.   

Check the ward you live in

Find your address in the street index and your ward and polling district will be indicated by a code eg LA3, which is in Lakenham ward.

Street index (147 Kb pdf) 

Use the polling district code in the street index to find out where your polling station is located. For details of wards, polling districts and polling stations, including ward maps, click on the ward links below.  

Bowthorpe - BO1, BO2, BO3, BO4, BO5


Catton Grove - CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4, CG5


Crome - CR1, CR2, CR3, CR4, CR5


Eaton - EA1, EA2, EA3, EA4, EA5


Lakenham - LA1, LA2, LA3, LA4, LA5


Mancroft - MA1, MA2, MA3, MA4, MA5


Mile Cross - MX1, MX2, MX3, MX4


Nelson - NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4


Sewell - SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4


Thorpe Hamlet - TH1, TH2, TH3, TH4, TH5


Town Close - TC1, TC2, TC3, TC4


University - UN1, UN2, UN3, UN4, UN5


Wensum - WE1, WE2, WE3, WE4  

The Local Authority (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000

In accordance with the above regulations, the number that is equal to 5% of local government electors shown in the current register of electors as at 15 February 2014 is 5189.

Petition (14 Kb pdf) 

Absent vote signature renewals

Since January 2007, electors who wish to vote by post or proxy for any election have been required to provide their date of birth and a specimen of their signature.

As part of this process, the electoral registration officer is required to obtain an updated version of signatures held for applications older than five years.

At the beginning of each year, the elections office send out a form to those electors whose signature is due for update. If the form is not returned then the absent voting arrangements will be cancelled and a new application will need to be made.