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Local Elections - Thursday 3 May 2018

On Thursday 3 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.

Notice of Election

Please see below the statutory Notice of Election 3 May 2018.

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Notice of particulars of Election Agents

This notice gives details of the agent for each candidate.

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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 17 April 2018.

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 27 March to 2 April 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 proxies and postal proxies or for those electors who have registered after 5 March will be posted out around 26 April.

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.

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 Wednesday 18 April.

Postal votes must be received by 10 pm on Thursday 3 May.  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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What if I don't receive my postal vote?

If you have not received your postal vote by Friday 27 April please call our helpline on 0191 643 2270.  We can only replace postal votes up to 5 pm on Thursday 3 May. 

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 3 May.

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.

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

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Voting if you have a learning disability

Mencap are keen to help anyone with a learning disability to use their vote.  The easy read guide below gives some useful information about voting in the May 2018 local election.

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