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Elections and Voting

Voting in local and national elections is the main way you can engage with the democratic process, and ensure you play your part in shaping how the council and the country is run.

Our city council, city mayor and parliamentary elections will all next be held in May 2015. If you want to have your say, you need to make sure you have registered to vote.



The two main elections which affect the decisions taken in Leicester are the local government elections, and the city mayor election, which both take place every four years. These choose our 54 councillors, and our elected mayor.

City residents can also vote in the UK parliamentary elections – better known as a general election – which are held every five years, and choose Leicester’s three members of parliament (MPs).

You can also vote in European elections, which take place every five years, and the police and crime commissioner election, which was first held in 2012, and will subsequently take place every four years. This election determines the leadership for Leicestershire’s police force.


Any UK resident, British Commonwealth or EU citizen over the age of 18 can vote, unless they are serving a prison sentence. However, EU citizens cannot vote in general elections.

To vote you must make sure you are registered with us. You can choose to vote in person at a polling station, by post, or by nominating someone to vote on your behalf.

Children can register to vote from the age of 16, to ensure they are able to vote if they turn 18 around the time of an election.

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Contact Us:

  • Write to us: Electoral Services, York House, 91 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FB
  • Call us: 0116 4542000 
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  • See us in person: Our offices are open from 8.30am to 5pm on Monday to Thursday; and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays (except Bank Holidays).