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

Elections 2015

The next elections for Norwich will be on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Norwich City Council Local Elections Timetable 2015 (43 Kb pdf)

On 7 May this year, there will be UK Parliamentary and local elections held throughout the whole of the Norwich.

A copy of the timetable for these elections and a set of nomination papers for each election can be found below. Detailed guidance for candidates and agents can be obtained on the Electoral Commission website.

During the election period, other notices such as the statement of persons nominated will appear here.

Norwich City Council is responsible for the city council election in Norwich and the Norwich South parliamentary constituency.

Please note Broadland District Council is responsible for the Norwich North parliamentary constituency. There details are below:

Electoral Services
Broadland District Council
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road
Thorpe St Andrew
Norwich NR7 0DU

t: 01603 430417
f: 01603 430411
e: election.services@broadland.gov.uk
Webpage:- http://www.broadland.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/3225.asp

Important information: If you are a Norwich North resident living in the Norwich City Council part of the constituency and wish to apply for, amend or cancel a postal vote, you will still need to contact Norwich City Council.

Norwich South Parliamentary Timetable 2015(13 Kb pdf)
Candidates and Agents Local Government Election Pack 2015 (230 Kb Word)
Candidates and Agents Parliamentary Election Pack 2015 (230 Kb Word)


Registering to vote - 7 May 2015 UK Parliamentary and Local Election

To vote at these elections, you must be registered on the electoral register by 20 April 2015.

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?

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 21 April 2015. Please note you need to be on the individual electoral register to apply for a postal vote. You can download a postal application here.

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

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxy applications) is 5pm on 28 April 2015. Please note you need to be on the individual electoral register to apply for a proxy vote. You can download a proxy voting application here.


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

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


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...



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


Local election results - May 2014

Local election results.

European Parliamentary election results - May 2014

Summary of the local European results (48 Kb pdf)


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.   


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  


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.