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

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 details excluded from or added to the open register, complete the online form.

Remove or add your details to the open register

IER.jpgRegister to vote

From Tuesday 10 June 2014 a new system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) replaced the current system of household registration.

Each person will now need to register individually.

Find out more about IER...

Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations

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

The consultation period for the review will be from Monday 4 August and will end on Friday 26 September 2014.

Comments can be submitted during the above period by email to: pollingreview@norwich.gov.uk or in writing to Polling review, electoral services, Norwich City Council, City Hall, Norwich NR2 1NH.  In accordance with regulations any correspondence received will be published the council’s website.

Formal notice of the review (47 Kb pdf)

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

Local election results - May 2014

Local election results.

European Parliamentary election results - May 2014


Summary of the local European results (48 Kb pdf)

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.   

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 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 2015. 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.  

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.