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.

Local and European Parliamentary Elections - Thursday 22 May 2014

Local elections will take place in all 13 Wards of Norwich City Council. The poll will be combined with European Parliamentary elections and take place on Thursday 22 May 2014.

The Regional Returning Officer is in charge of the European Parliamentary elections - he is based at Chelmsford City Council. Further information can be found here 

Local election notices

Notice of local election (12 Kb pdf)

European Parliamentary election notices

Notice of European Parliamentary election (27 Kb pdf)

Key dates

Local elections timetable (12 Kb pdf) 

European elections timetable (48 Kb pdf)

Dates when poll cards advertising the poll will be delivered locally, who the Local and European candidates are, and when postal vote packs will be posted will appear here in due course. 

Tuesday 1  April ​Candidates and Agents Briefing for the Local Elections  City Hall, Norwich City Council - 17.30pm​
Guidance for candidates and agents for candidates and agents is produced by the Electoral Commission and can be downloaded or viewed from their site.  Please also see the Electoral Commission's Dos and Don'ts for campaigning,

All general enquiries about the European Parliamentary Election from candidates and agents should be directed to the Regional Returning Officer's Office: http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/euroelections 

Wednesday 9 April Notice of election for local and European Parliamentary Elections
​Wednesday 9 April until 4pm on Thursday 24 April Delivery of nomination papers for Local Elections - Norwich City Council nominations for the European Parliamentary Election to be returned to the regional returning officer at Chelmsford City Council. ​
​Monday 14 April Poll cards ​will be delivered from this date until the last day to register on the 6 May 2014
​​Tuesday 6 May ​Deadline to register to vote. ​
Wednesday 7 May Deadline to request a postal vote or cancel an existing postal or proxy application (5pm)
​Friday 9 May Postal Ballot packs will be sent out from 9 May 2014 ​
​Wednesday 14 May Deadline to request a proxy vote (i.e. where someone votes on your behalf) (5pm)
​Thursday 22 May ​Polling day – 7am  to 10pm ​
​Friday 23 May Local and European verification and local count
​Sunday 25 May ​European count for Norwich City Council area

For more information see the following links:

I am voter http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter

I am a candidate http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/local-elections-england-and-wales

Information for voters 

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 elections@norwich.gov.uk

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 elections@norwich.gov.uk


Request a proxy vote

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 elections@norwich.gov.uk

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

Useful links

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

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 were held on Thursday 2 May 2013. The results of the Norwich divisions of the vote can be found below.

Full results of poll for Norwich divisions of the Norfolk County Council elections (184 Kb pdf)

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.