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If you are a potential candidate or agent please see the Information for Candidates page.

Local Elections - Thursday 2 May 2019

On Thursday 2 May you will be given the opportunity to elect a local Councillor for your ward.

If you want to vote in this election you must be on the electoral register.  

Further information follows and will continue to be added to this page as it becomes available in the approach to the election.

Registration deadline to vote in this election

If you are not already registered you can register online.

The deadline for your application is midnight on Friday 12 April 2019.

General information about voting and registration

You can get some general information about voting and registration at Your Vote Matters.

Timeline and important dates

The Electoral Commission timetable and key dates are available below.

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Poll Cards

Poll cards will be delivered from 26 March to 1 April 2019 and will give details of :

  • Date of election and polling hours
  • The location of your polling station if you vote in person
  • When you will receive your postal vote

You do not need your poll card to vote at a station.

Poll cards for those electors who have registered to vote after 7 February 2019 will be posted out by 26 April 2019.

Find my polling station

If you vote in person and you are not sure where your polling station is, you can visit to check this.  You will need to enter your post code.

This function will be available nearer to the date of the election.

Voting at a Polling Station

It is quick and esay to vote at a polling station.

A short video giving information about how to vote at a polling station will be available here soon.

Information about Postal Votes

If you are unable to vote in person at a polling station you can apply to vote by post.  If you have a postal vote you will not be able to vote in person at a polling station.

The deadline to apply to vote by post for this election is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

Postal votes must be received by 10 pm on Thursday 2 May 2019.  If you miss the post you can hand your postal vote in at our office at Quadrant East, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside NE27 0BY or at any polling station within the ward in which you are voting.

Please see the document below for further information about when postal vote packs will be sent out.

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How to complete your Postal Ballot pack

A short video on how to complete your Postal Ballot pack will be available here soon.

What if I don't receive my postal vote?

If you have not received your postal vote by Friday 26 April 2019 please call our helpline on 0191 643 2270.  We can only replace postal votes up to 5 pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. 

You will need to provide ID so that we can re-issue your postal ballot.

What if I lose my postal vote or make a mistake?

If you lose your postal ballot paper or postal voting statement or make a mistake you should phone our helpline immediately on 0191 643 2270.  We can only issue a replacement before 5 pm on Thursday 2 May 2019.

You will need to return your spoilt ballot pack to us before we can replace it. 

If you have lost your pack you will need to provide ID so that we can re-issue it.

Voting if you have a learning disability

Mencap are keen to help anyone with a learning disability to use their vote.  The Mencap website gives further information including easy read guides about voting and elections.

Preventing Voter Fraud / Protecting Your Right To Vote

Your vote is yours alone

In any election in the UK, your vote belongs to you.  Whether you vote at a polling station, by post, or via a proxy, your vote is your decision.  It's illegal for anyone to influence you to vote against your will.

What is voter fraud?

Voter fraud can take many different forms.  No one, not even a partner or family member, is allowed to :

  • pressure you into voting in a certain way
  • offer you something in exchange for your vote
  • pretend to be you at the polling station
  • complete your postal vote for you

What to do if you've seen or been a victim of voter fraud

If someone tries to take your vote, or the vote of anyone you know, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

Please see the leaflet and videos below.  Leaflet includes information in English, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu.

Your vote is yours alone video - voting at a polling station

Your vote is yours alone video - voting by post

Related documents

Notice of Election

The statutory Notice of Election 2 May 2019 will be published and available here on 26 March 2019.

Statement as to Persons Nominated

Statements telling you the candidates standing in each ward for this election will be published and available here following the close of nominations on 4 April 2019.

Notice of particulars of Election Agents

This notice, giving details of the agent for each candidate, will be published and available here on 5 April 2019.

Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations

Notices for each ward will be published and available here 24 April 2019.