Local Council Elections – what you need to know
Thursday 5th May 2022 is the day that many voters in the UK are heading to the polls to vote in their local government elections.
Find out more about how the local elections work, where they’re being held and what it could mean for your constituency below. You may even get a search win for Swagucks – find out more about Swagbucks Search Link Posts here.
Local elections 2022…
- Not everywhere in the UK is having an election today – you can find out if you should be voting here.
- 146 councils have around 2300 seats available.
- The vote is mainly for voting on local issues but some voters in 2022 have been advised to vote ‘tactically’ in order to affect matters such as the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.
- There are three ways to vote: in person at a polling station, by post and by proxy (nominating someone else to vote for you).
- All voters must be over 18 and either a British citizen, an Irish citizen, an EU citizen or an eligible Commonwealth citizen.
- The deadline to apply for a proxy vote was 26 April, although emergency proxy votes will be available for unforeseen circumstances – including having Covid – up until 17:00 on election day.
- In most cases, you will only have one vote. Larger wards, however, may have more than one seat available so you may have more two or more.
- Whoever wins the most votes wins the local council seat.
- If one party gets more than half of the council seats, they will then control the council.
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