registered at an address in the area where they want to vote
a British citizen, an Irish or EU citizen or eligible Commonwealth citizen
not legally excluded from voting
Voters usually have one vote for each available seat in an election area (known as a ward or division). Large wards may have several seats.
Whoever receives the most votes wins.
Northern Ireland councils use the single transferable vote (STV) system – where voters rank candidates in order of preference.
Different voting systems are used in different councils so voters should read their ballot paper carefully.
When do I need to register to vote by?
In England, you must register to vote in person or by proxy before 23:59 BST on 17 April. You can register online with your National Insurance number, or write to your council’s Electoral Registration Office.
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