Elections and electoral registration
Chichester District Elections
Following the elections held on 5 May 2011 the political make up of the council is now 37 Conservative Members, 8 Liberal Democrat Members and 3 Independents.
The next scheduled elections for Chichester District Council will be held in May 2015. By elections can be held at any time when a casual vacancy occurs. This happens on the resignation or death of a currently serving Councillor.
The District Council administers all elections (and referendums) held, whether they are Parliamentary, European Parliamentary, District, County or Parish elections.
The next scheduled County Council elections are to be held on Thursday, 2 May 2013.
European Parliamentary elections are held every five years and the next one is scheduled to be held in June 2014. (These elections are usually held on the second Thursday in June although the European Parliament makes the decision nearer the time).
Parliamentary elections have to be held within a five year period of the last one. They can be called at any time by the Prime Minister. The last General election was held on 6 May 2010.
Eligible to vote?
Your name must appear on the Register of Electors in order that you can vote. If you are in any doubt about this contact us to check. If you have moved since the Register of Electors was compiled (Autumn 2012) you can make an application to re-register.
Postal voting is a most convenient method of voting, you don't need to go the polling station and if you apply by eleven working days before an election is held we will send you a postal vote. All you need to do is mark the ballot paper for the candidate you are voting for, sign and provide your date of birth on the statement which comes with the postal vote and return it to the Returning Officer at East Pallant House, East Pallant, Chichester in the reply paid envelope. Remember, 5pm eleven working days before an election is held (at the latest) is the last date we can accept postal vote applications and all postal vote applications need to be signed and include the applicants date of birth.
Elections are traditionally held on a Thursday and the hours of poll are now 7 am to 10 pm for all elections. Poll cards will be delivered to all registered electors before an election is held. You don't need your card to vote so long as you are registered. The Poll card tells you where you should vote.