Have your say on 5 May 2022

Published: 15 April 2022

If you care about Derby, vote in the Local Elections on Thursday 5 May

Polling stations will be open from 7am on Thursday 5 May.

Derby City Council is urging Derbeians to head to the polls on 5 May 2022 and have their say.

British, Commonwealth and European Union citizens living in the UK are eligible to vote in local elections to elect a Councillor for the ward they live in. There are 17 wards in Derby and this year one new Councillor will be voted in for each one.

By voting in the local elections, you will be choosing who you want to represent you on the Council and who will make decisions on all the things that the Council is responsible for.

If you are registered to vote and have applied for a postal vote, you should have received your postal vote pack by 27 April 2022.  Make sure you send the completed pack to us before 5 May. You can also drop off completed postal vote packs at your local polling station on 5 May if you don’t post in time.

If you are registered to vote but have not applied for a postal vote, you will have received a polling card in the post and you will need to go to your local polling station to vote.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day (Thursday 5 May).

Details of your polling station are available online, and will also be on your polling card. Your polling station might have changed since the last elections so make sure to check your poll card for the correct information.

You do not need to take your polling card with you, but it will speed things up at the polling station if you do. You don’t need to bring a separate ID with you. Pencils will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own pen or pencil to use. Once the polls close at 10pm, all the ballot boxes will be taken to Derby Arena, where the votes will be counted overnight.

If you’re not able to get down to a polling station to vote, or can’t send a postal vote, you can nominate someone else to vote on your behalf – this is called a proxy vote. Details of how to do this are available on our website. You’ll need to have nominated a proxy by 5pm on Wednesday 27 April.

Hand sanitiser will be available at each polling station, we encourage voters to wear masks where possible.

Emily Feenan, Electoral Registration Officer for Derby City Council said:

When I say that every vote matters I really do mean it – in the 2021 local elections, a seat was won by only one vote. Not exercising your democratic right to vote could make all the difference, so I’d urge you to mark the date in your diary, and get out to vote!

For further information on elections visit our website.

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