2023 local elections - Key dates
On 4th May 2023 local government elections will be held to elect 51 Councillors to Derby City Council.
A full list of dates is available in the timetable section.
|Register to vote deadline||Monday 17 April 2023|
|Postal vote application deadline||5pm Tuesday 18 April 2023|
|Proxy vote application deadline||5pm Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Voter Authority Certificate application deadline||5pm Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Polls open||7am to 10pm Thursday 4 May 2023|
If you’re planning to vote in the 2023 local elections, you’ll need to bring your voter ID with you to the polling station. Find out more on our Voter ID page.
Change to the election cycle and ward boundaries
Following the 2023 Local Government Boundary Review, the election cycle for Derby and it’s ward names and boundaries have changed.
Voters in Derby have previously elected local councillors ‘by thirds’, which meant local elections were held in most years. From 2023 the council will move to ‘all out’ elections where all 51 councillors will be elected at once. Local elections will be held every four years after that.
The number of wards in Derby will increase from 17 to 18. Most wards will be represented by 3 councillors, except the following wards which will be represented by 2 councillors due to their smaller size:
- Chaddesden East
- Chaddesden North
- Chaddesden West
Your ballot paper will include instructions about how many Councillors you can vote for.
Who is eligible to vote in local elections?
To vote in a local government election you must be registered to vote at an address in the area you want to vote in and be 18 or over on the day of the election. You must also be one of the following:
- a British citizen
- an Irish or EU citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
Who are the candidates?
The Statement of Persons Nominated will be published on this page on Wednesday 5 April 2023.
This notice will list the name and political party or description (if any) of each candidate by ward.
Register to vote
However you choose to vote, you must be registered. The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is online.
You will need your National Insurance number when you register. The deadline to register for the 2023 local elections is Monday 17 April.
Postal and proxy voting
If you’re thinking about voting by post, you need to apply separately by downloading a postal vote application form from the Electoral Commission website.
You can apply any time after you have registered to vote. Applying earlier helps us process your application in good time and send your postal vote to you sooner.
Once you've downloaded, printed and completed the form you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to us at Electoral Services, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS.
If you don’t have access to a printer, let us know and we will send you a form in the post. We can’t accept forms with missing, typed or digitised signatures.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the 2023 local elections is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023. This is also the deadline to cancel or amend your existing postal vote.
Completed postal votes must reach us no later than 10pm on polling day, Thursday 4 May.
Certain Royal Mail postboxes in the city are designated as priority postboxes. These have late collection times with 98% of them having a collection time of after 4pm. Visit the Royal Mail website to see if there is one near you.
When will I receive my postal vote?
|Application date||Dispatch date|
|Existing postal voters and applications we have received by Friday 31 March 2023||Tuesday 18 April 2023|
|Applications we have received after 31 March and by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2022||Monday 24 April 2023|
Any postal votes will be sent by first class post.
Proxy voting means that if you can’t cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.
The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if both of the following apply:
- they are 18 or over
- they are (or will be) registered for that election or referendum.
A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election unless they are a close relative.
To request a proxy vote application form, please email email@example.com.
The deadline for cancellation or amendment of an existing proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.
The deadline for applications for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
Your proxy will be required to show their own, suitable photo ID at the polling station.
Information for candidates and agents
How can I stand as a candidate in the local elections?
The Electoral Commission publishes guidance for candidates and prospective candidates.
Briefings for prospective candidates and agents will take place at:
- 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 March
- 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 April.
Candidate briefings will take place through Microsoft Teams. To request an invite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like copies of the slides presented at these briefings please contact email@example.com
The Notice of Election will be published on Tuesday 21 March.
Nominations may be submitted from Wednesday 22 March, until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April. We can accept nominations between 10am and 4pm weekdays.
Candidates are encouraged to have their nomination papers informally checked before they are formally submitted. If you would like your papers to be checked informally, please email a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us to arrange an in-person appointment.
Informal checks will not be conducted before the nomination period begins and we will conduct informal checks in the order we receive them.
Once we have carried out an informal check, please make an appointment to formally submit your nomination papers. Appointments can be made by emailing email@example.com.
When formally submitted, nomination papers must be delivered by hand and cannot be sent by post, email, or other electronic means.
Election expenses are the expenses that are incurred by those standing for election in the running of their campaign. There are limits on spending for each election that all candidates must adhere to.
The Proper Officer in each authority with responsibility for elections is required to retain a copy of each election spending return and declaration, and any accompanying documents, for a period of two years beginning with the date when the return is received. During that period, they must make copies available on request for public inspection without charge. There are charges of 20p per side applicable for copies of expense information provided.
Requesting electoral registers
Once you become a candidate, you are entitled to receive a free copy of the electoral register. You are also entitled to the lists of people voting by post or proxy (‘the lists of absent voters’) for the ward that you are contesting.
The Electoral Commission publishes guidance on the use of information from the register or absent votes list.
Where do I get more information?
Election notices will be published on this page on the following dates:
|Notice of Election||Tuesday 21 March 2023|
|Statement of Persons Nominated||Wednesday 5 April 2023|
|Notice of poll and situation of polling stations||Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Publication of notice of election||Tuesday 21 March 2023|
|Nomination period begins||10am Wednesday 22 March 2023|
|Deadline for appointment of Election Agent||4pm Tuesday 4 April 2023|
|Deadline for delivery of nomination papers||4pm Tuesday 4 April 2023|
|Deadline for withdrawals||4pm Tuesday 4 April 2023|
|Publication of first interim election notice of alteration||Tuesday 4 April 2023|
|Publication of statement of persons nominated||4pm Wednesday 5 April 2023|
|Deadline for receiving applications for registration||Monday 17 April 2023|
|Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes||5pm Tuesday 18 April 2023|
|Publication of second interim election notice of alteration||Tuesday 18 April 2023|
|Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)||5pm Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Deadline for applications for Voter Authority Certificates.||5pm Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Publication of notice of poll and situation of polling stations||Tuesday 25 April 2023|
|Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents||Wednesday 26 April 2023|
|Publication of final election notice of alteration||Wednesday 26 April 2023|
|First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes||Thursday 27 April 2023|
|Polling stations open||7am Thursday 4 May 2023|
|Deadline for emergency proxy applications||5pm Thursday 4 May 2023|
|Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes||5pm Thursday 4 May 2023|
|Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal||9pm Thursday 4 May 2023|
|Polling stations close||10pm Thursday 4 May 2023|
|Election count||Friday 5 May 2023|