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Your next election or referendum

Local elections

The next scheduled local election will take place on Thursday, 2 May 2019.

People will vote to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and take decisions on how local services are run.

Local election notices

European Parliament elections

Elections for the European Parliament are held every 5 years. The next scheduled election for the UK to participate in is Thursday, 23 May 2019.

In the North West more than 5 million people will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives in the European Parliament (known as Members of the European Parliament or MEPs). MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.

The aim of the UK government is to leave the European Union and, therefore, we may not be required to participate in the elections.

More about European Elections on the North West Votes website

Notices for European Parliament election

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections

The next scheduled election for Greater Manchester Mayor will take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020 and will take place every 4 years after that.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is responsible for delivering these elections.

General election

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed term Parliaments to the United Kingdom with elections scheduled on the first Thursday in May of the 5th year after the previous general election.

  • The last general election was held on 8 June 2017.
  • The next general election is scheduled to be held in 2022.

Local by-elections

There are no scheduled by-elections. Local by-elections can take place at any time of year.


    0300 303 0345

    Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
    Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

    Elections Team
    Governance and Committee Services
    Floor 2
    Number One Riverside
    Smith Street
    Rochdale OL16 1XU​​


    Key dates leading up to the next local election

    ​3-8 August 2018 - as part of annual canvass residents receive Household Enquiry form to confirm details. Annual canvass.

    7-16 September 2018 - non-responding residents reminded of annual canvass.

    6-21 October 2018 - canvassers call at non-responding households to gather information.

    18 November 2018 - non-responders to the annual canvass will receive a final letter. 

    1 December 2018 - register of electors published.

    1 December 2018 - residents can register to vote from this date.

    12 April 2019 at midnight - deadline for registering to vote in the election.

    15 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a postal vote.

    24 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a proxy vote.

    2 May 2019 - local election day.