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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 212055/212053 or email email@example.com.
On 22 May 2014 there will be a combined European Parliamentary and local election for Norwich City Council. For more information on this election, please visit the Electoral Commission website
Postponed Annual Canvass 2013-14
Why is the canvass being carried out later than usual?
At present, one person in every household is responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address. The UK Government is proposing that, from summer 2014, each person will be required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.
The canvass was moved by the UK Government to ensure that the registers are as accurate and complete as possible in the run-up to Individual Electoral Registration (IER) in the summer of 2014. For further information, please go to the Electoral Commission's website.
This year annual voter registration forms for Norwich will be sent out during the second week of October 2013.
Election results for May 2013
2 May 2013 - By-election for Mancroft ward
A by-election for Mancroft ward was held on Thursday 2 May 2013. Click here for the results
2 May 2013 - Norfolk County Council elections
Norfolk County Council elections on 2 May 2013
Election timetable for Norfolk County Council (42 Kb pdf)
Notice of election for Norfolk County Council (17.2 Kb pdf)
Statement of persons nominated for Norfolk County Council (82.7 Kb pdf)
Appointment of election agents (39 Kb pdf)
Notice of poll (64 Kb pdf)
Candidate and agent guidance from The Electoral Commission
By-election for Mancroft ward on 2 May 2013
By-election timetable for Mancroft ward (41.4 Kb pdf)
Notice of a casual vacancy of a councillor for Mancroft ward (14 Kb pdf)
Notice of by-election for Mancroft ward (15 Kb pdf)
Statement of persons nominated for Mancroft ward (15.7 Kb pdf)
Appointment of election agents (12 Kb pdf)
Notice of poll (16 Kb pdf)
How to vote at a polling station
The About my vote website takes you through a virtual polling station and the process of voting. Click here to find out how it's done.
Register of electors (electoral roll)
Norwich’s register of electors (or electoral roll) is a record of everyone who lives within the city who is eligible to vote. There are two versions of the register of electors - the full register, and the edited register.
A new register of electors is published every year which is effective from 1 December in one year to 30 November in the next. You can only vote if your name is on the register.
Voter registration forms are sent to each household from September to December for completion to update the register. You can also register to vote at anytime by completing the registration form below.
Paying council tax does not register you automatically to vote.
Register to vote
If you have moved since the last annual canvass or you are not registered and wish to register to vote, you can download a registration form and return it to the elections office.
Registration form (87.8 Kb pdf)
If you would like a copy posted out to you please call 0344 980 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering for students
Students can register at either their term-time address or their home address. Visit the about my vote website for details.
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.
List of eligible countries (23.3 Kb pdf)
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 councillors are elected in thirds.
- Norfolk County Council - 84 councillors are elected from across the county. Elections are held on the first Thursday in May. Vacancies can arise at any time between ordinary elections.
- Parliament - Parliamentary elections are held on a date decided by the Prime Minister. This must be within 5 years of the last general election. By-elections are held when a sitting MP dies, resigns or ceases to be qualified to serve.
- European Parliament - European elections are held every 5 years on a date fixed by the European Parliament.
Request a postal vote
Anyone can apply to vote by post as long as your name is on the electoral register.
You can apply to vote by post for a particular election, for a set period of time or for all future elections.
Download and print off the application form from the link below and return it to our elections office by 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
Postal vote application form (112 Kb pdf)
If you have any questions about postal voting or would like a copy of the form posted to you, please email the elections office email@example.com
If you are not going to be able to get to the polling station on election day you can appoint someone ie a proxy, to vote on your behalf, providing your name is on the electoral register.
You can only apply to vote by proxy for one particular election.
Download and print off the application form from the link below and return it to our elections office by 5pm, six working days before an election for a new application.
Proxy vote application (86.6 Kb pdf)
If you have any questions about proxy voting or would like a copy of the form posted to you, please email the elections office firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Electoral Commission
About my vote
Promote the Vote is a project which provides free workshops to encourage people with learning disabilities to gain a better understanding of politics, become active citizens and register to vote.
Past election results
19 December 2012 - By-elections for Nelson and Crome wards
By-elections for Nelson and Crome wards were held on Wednesday 19 December 2012.
December 2012 results.
15 November 2012 - Police and Crime Commissioner election
Police and Crime Commissioner election for the Norfolk area was held on Thursday 15 November 2012. November 2012 results.
Click here for more past results...
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 2012 is 5106.
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.