Information on types of elections, when they take place, who can vote, how - where and why to vote, who the candidates are, where you'll find the results and how you can get more involved.
A ward election, also known as a district election, takes place to elect a councillor for your local Ward who sits on East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
There are 67 councillors who sit on East Riding of Yorkshire Council with your local ward being represented by usually two or three councillors.
Ward elections take place on the first Thursday of May once every four years (unless a vacancy arises, in which case a by-election will take place for that ward).
The next ward elections for East Riding of Yorkshire Council are due to take place on the first Thursday in May 2019.
A Parish or town council election is held to elect councillors to sit on your local Parish or town council.
Unless a casual vacancy arises during a term of office (four years), parish and town council elections take place once every four years, usually on the first Thursday in May.
During a term of office, an election can also take place when a vacancy has been advertised and 10 electors have requested an election for that specific parish or town. If there is no request for an election then a vacancy can be filled by co-option (by invitation).
The next elections for all 168 parish and town councils in the East Riding are due to take place on the first Thursday in May 2019.
For more information please visit the About my vote website:
About my vote - Local elections (external website)
A Parliamentary Election, also known as a General Election, is an opportunity for people to choose their Member of Parliament (MP) - the person who will represent their local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years.
For more information on MPs please refer to the Members of Parliament page.
There is normally a choice of several candidates in each constituency, some of which are the local candidates for national political parties. People can only vote for one of the candidates and the candidate that receives most votes becomes their MP.
A General Election is held every five years unless government protocol calls for one in between.
A by-election occurs when a seat becomes vacant in the House of Commons due to a resignation, expulsion, elevation to the Peerage (House of Lords), bankruptcy, mental illness or death. A by-election does not take place if a Member changes their political allegiance.
The next General Election is due to take place on the first Thursday in May 2020.
About my vote - General elections (external website)
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced the role of an elected police and crime commissioner for each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales outside London.
The elected police and crime commissioner in this area covers the Humberside area, the area covered by the local authorities of East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Elections take place in May once every four years. The last police and crime commissioner election took place on 5 May 2016.
For more information about what a police and crime commissioner does and how, when and where they are elected, please visit About My Vote website:
About my vote - Police and crime commissioner elections (external website)
A European Parliamentary Election is held to vote in your local Member of European Parliament (MEP).
MEPs for Yorkshire and The Humber electoral region represent East Riding residents and sit on the European Parliament.
European Parliamentary Elections take place once every five years. The next European Election will take place in May/June 2019.
About my vote - European Parliamentary elections (external website)
A referendum asks you to vote on a question.
Even though you may have registered to vote, only certain people can vote in specific elections.
Read the full voting criteria for each of the following elections:
The following might help you decide if you should vote:
It gives you a say on important issues that affect you - everything from roads and recycling in your area, to education , crime and climate. Registering to vote doesn’t mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to.
If you haven’t registered to vote but feel strongly about a local or national policy, come polling day, you will not be able to vote.
To find out more visit About My Vote website:
About My Vote (external website)
If you have registered to vote you will receive your poll cards or postal packs as follows:
Poll cards are sent out about a month before an election.
Don't worry if you don't receive your poll card. You don't need it to vote. Read more about how to vote without a poll card.
Please note: providing that you are eligible to vote you do not need to re-register to vote in upcoming elections.
If you have moved home since 1 December 2016 you will need to register to vote at your new property.
If you receive a poll card for someone not living at your address please put it back in the post and write 'Return to Sender, addressee not at this address' over the address. You do not need to affix a postage stamp.
If you have opted to vote by post, postal vote packs are usually sent out in two waves, about four weeks (wave 1) and two weeks (wave 2) before an election.
No. You do not need to take your poll card or any identification with you to your assigned polling station unless you are an anonymous voter.
Find out where your assigned polling station is.
Please note: you will not be able to vote at any other polling station.
To find out what elections are taking place and who is standing visit the Election Notices page. Under this page you will find the following notices as and when they are published:
The Notice of Election lists all the elections that are due to take place if contested (there are more nominations than seats available).
The Statement of Persons Nominated lists all the people who have been nominated to stand for the upcoming election.
The Notice of Poll lists the election that is due to take place and the candidates for election.
The Situation of Polling Stations lists the place of each polling station for each relevant voting area.
The Notice of Agents lists all the agents of candidates standing for election, their address and contact details.
An ‘emergency’ proxy vote can be applied from after 5pm, six working days before an election for those who could not have applied earlier because of unforeseen health reasons.
Please note: an emergency proxy does not include pre-planned hospital admissions or being called away for work at late notice.
An emergency proxy vote must be attested by a qualified person, such as a Doctor or Registered Nurse (for a medical emergency), or your employer (for a work emergency). If you live in a residential care home or sheltered accommodation the warden or head of home can support the application.
Forms for downloading will appear here six working days before the election.
Information on how to complete your postal vote pack can be found on the postal vote packs information page.
Information on what to do if you have lost, spoilt or not received your postal vote pack can be found on the postal vote packs information page.
Results of recent and past elections can be viewed on the Election Results page.
You will receive a poll card in the post which will specify which polling station you can vote at. If you cannot vote at this specified polling station, you should apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.
If your poll card does not arrive and you need to check where your designated polling station is, please contact electoral services.
Presiding officers are responsible for everything that goes on in their polling station. The presiding officer issues the ballot paper(s) to the voter and takes the ballot box to the count centre after the close of poll.
Read more about the role of a presiding officer
The role of the poll clerk is to assist the presiding officer in the running of the polling station.
Read more about the role of a poll clerk
A count assistant works at the count centre after the close of poll, counting the number of ballot papers in each ballot box (verifying) and counting the number of votes for each candidate.
Read more about the role of a count assistant
To become a presiding officer, poll clerk or count assistant, please complete the form below:
Election Work Application Form (pdf 152kb opens in new window)
Alternatively, please contact the electoral services team for an application form to be posted to you.
Please note: if you have previously carried out election work for East Riding of Yorkshire Council you do not need to re-submit a new form.
The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. In England the number of constituencies will reduce from 533 to 501. This is to make sure that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors, no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507.
The review is to take place over approximately two and half years in three stages.
Initial proposals were published on Tuesday 13 September 2016 beginning a 12 week public consultation period which ended on Monday 5 December 2016.
Feedback from the initial consultation period is to be published in spring 2017, followed by a four-week consultation period where the public invited to comment on that feedback.
The commission is to review the initial and secondary consultations to revise proposed boundaries.
In early 2018 a third consultation is to take place for either weeks to ask for comments on the revised proposals.
Final recommendations are to be submitted to parliament in September 2018.
Visit the Boundary Commission for England website to comment on the proposals:
Boundary Commission for England website (external website)