Elections
Elections

Voting

Why vote?

County councillors are elected by the people and make important decisions affecting the lives of everyone in Lancashire. The county council provides around 85% of all local government services in Lancashire. Services include education, fostering and adoption, health and social care, cultural services, libraries and archives, registering births, deaths and marriages, recycling and highways and transportation.

There are 84 county councillors elected by the people to cover the electoral divisions in the twelve district areas. In Lancashire there are two unitary authorities (Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool). Lancashire county councillors do not represent these areas.

County elections are only held every four years, so it's important that you use your opportunity to cast your vote.

If you haven’t voted for a while, or have changed your name or address, you may not be registered to vote.

You can register to vote online by 13 April.

You can also update your details on the electoral register here or apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Find out more about why your vote matters.

Register to vote

You can only vote if your name is on the register of electors. If you would like to check that you are registered, please contact your local district council. Its quick and easy to register to vote online.

Who is eligible to vote?

You can register to vote if you are;

  • 16 years old or over and either
  • British Citizen
  • An Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

However you are only eligible to vote from the age of 18 years old and you are registered on the electoral register.

What is the electoral register?

The electoral register is maintained by a district council. It contains a list of the names and addresses of all those people eligible to vote. You can add your name or change your details throughout the year.

How do I vote?

Once you are registered on the electoral register, you are eligible to vote. You can vote in three ways:

In person

Most people in the UK choose to cast their vote in person at a local polling station. Voting at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help if you're not sure what to do.

By post

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.

To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register. Then you need to fill in a postal vote application form. After completing the form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office. You can get their address and other contact details via the above links.

By proxy

i.e. Appointing someone to vote on your behalf.

Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

To vote by proxy, you'll need to fill in an application form. You'll need to print the form and complete it, then sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office. You can get their address and other contact details via the links above.

Find my council

Enter your postcode below to find electoral role information for your local district council.

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Fraud and integrity

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