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.
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. (link to Key contacts)
If you haven’t voted for a while, or have changed your name or address, you may not be registered to vote.
It's quick and easy to register to vote online. The deadline to register to vote is by Monday 19 April.
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.
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 to vote
Once you are registered on the electoral register, you are eligible to vote. You can vote in three ways:
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.
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 District Elections Office for your area. If you can’t print the form, contact the electoral services team at your local council/the Electoral Registration Officer for your area so that a form can be posted to you.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April.
If you aren't able to vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person is often referred to as your proxy. To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.
If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local election officer.