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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.


Ballot slip being put into ballot box
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Everything you need to know about voting in the UK on the electoral commission website.

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).

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.

In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15th February 2022 is: 11996

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2023 will be published within 14 days of the 15th February 2023. If this number is less than 11996, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31st March 2023 shall also be that lower number.

Miranda Cannon, Electoral Registration Officer, Leicester City Council, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022