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On Thursday 2 May 2024 the following elections are scheduled:

  • West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Worcester City Council – 35 council seats
  • St Peter the Great County Parish – 9 parish council seats
  • Warndon Parish – 8 parish council seats

Police & Crime Commissioner election

Worcester City Council is responsible for the delivery of this election within Worcester, but candidates and agents should contact the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) in the first instance.

David Sidaway is the PARO for West Mercia in 2024, you can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find more information on the Telford & Wrekin website.

Worcester City Council election

Following the Ward boundary review conducted by the Local Government Boundary Commission England (LGBCE) there are now 16 Wards in Worcester. As part of the review, the City Council also resolved to change to whole-council elections from 2024. So, all 35 seats are up for election on 2 May 2024.

Candidates who have stood in previous years should note that some Wards have had changes to their boundaries, some have new names, and some have a different number of seats. You can view the changes on the LGBCE website.

Eligible electors in the following Wards will be able to vote for the number of Worcester City Councillors shown:

Ward name

Number of Councillors

Arboretum

Two

Battenhall

Two

Cathedral

Two

Claines

Three

Dines Green & Grove Farm

Two

Fort Royal

Two

Leopard Hill

Two

Lower Wick & Pitmaston

Two

Nunnery

Three

Rainbow Hill

Two

St Clement

Two

St John’s

Two

St Nicholas

Two

St Peter’s Parish

Two

St Stephen

Two

Warndon & Elbury Park

Three

Voter ID

For all elections in England, all electors voting in-person at a polling station will need to show photo identification before they are given a ballot paper.

You can read the information we have provided for electors on our 2024 Elections page and more information is available at the Electoral Commission website.

Please ensure that you have carefully read all the information on Voter ID before speaking to electors about the issue. If you are not sure about anything you can ask us or direct the elector to contact us.

Posters and leaflets about Voter ID are being distributed to community hubs throughout the city. If you are aware of a useful location that has not been sent these materials, please let us know. We have also printed a limited number of leaflets for candidates to distribute to electors, these will be available from the Electoral Services office from March.

If you are speaking to an elector about them applying for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC), please be aware that the Electoral Commission recommends that candidates or campaigners do not assist with these applications. This is due to the personal information an elector would need to share with you for you to assist them. The Guildhall customer services team can assist with any elector wishing to apply for a VAC.

Postal and Proxy voting

If you are speaking to an elector about applying for a postal or proxy vote, please explain all the voting options and discuss the implications of voting by post. Campaigners can encourage electors to apply for an absent vote but must inform them of all their options.

Postal votes, and certain types of proxy vote, can be applied for online:

Paper forms can also be downloaded from these websites or are available on request from the Electoral Services Office.

Electors should be encouraged to send any paper application forms directly to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), if a campaigner does receive an application form you must send it to the ERO within two working days.

Candidates should note the changes to the handling of postal votes and postal vote secrecy regulations created by the Elections Act 2022 and coming into effect for this election. Please see the Electoral Commission guidance, or our Worcester guide for candidates and agents, for more details.

Important dates

Event

Location

Date/Time

Candidates & agents briefing

Virtual via Teams

Monday 11 March 2024 6pm

 

Publication of Notice of Election

 -

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Informal checks of nomination papers

The Guildhall

Tuesday 19 March 2024 – Friday 5 April 2024

9.30am-4.30pm (last appointment 3pm Friday 5 April)

Nomination deadline

 -

Friday 5 April 2024

4pm

Postal Vote opening sessions

Assembly Room, The Guildhall

Perdiswell Leisure Centre (from 10pm 2 May only)

12pm-6pm Monday 22 April 2024

10.30am-6pm Wednesday 24 April 2024

10.30am-6pm Friday 26 April 2024

10.30am-6pm Wednesday 1 May 2024

3pm-midnight Thursday 2 May 2024

Voter registration deadline

 -

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Postal vote application deadline

 -

Wednesday 17 April 2024

5pm

Candidate & agent count briefing

Virtual via Teams

Monday 22 April 2024 6pm

Proxy vote application deadline and Voter Authority Certificate application deadline

 -

Wednesday 24 April 2024

5pm

Deadline for appointment of poll and count agents

 -

Thursday 25 April 2024

Polling day

 -

Thursday 2 May 2024

7am-10pm

Collection and securing of ballot boxes.

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Thursday 2 May 2024

From 10pm

Verification of ballot papers from all elections

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Friday 3 May 2024

From 9am (times to be confirmed)

Counting of Police & Crime Commissioner ballot papers

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Friday 3 May 2024

From 12.30pm (times to be confirmed)

Counting of Worcester City Council ballot papers

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Friday 3 May 2024

From 2.30pm (times to be confirmed)

Counting of Parish council ballot papers (if contested)

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Saturday 4 May 2024

From 10am (times to be confirmed)

Last date for submission of candidate spending returns

 -

Thursday 30 May 2024 (Parishes)

Friday 7 June 2024 (City)

Guidance

Please read the following guidance:

  1. The Electoral Commission guidance for City candidates and Parish candidates
  2. pdf A Worcester guide for candidates and agents (300 KB)
  3. pdf Guidance on the conduct of Tellers (228 KB)

Restrictions on campaigning

Election materials must not be displayed on Council property or street furniture. If you see any election material displayed on Council property or street furniture, please alert the Electoral Services team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Councillors must not use Worcester City Council’s headed paper, logo, Coat of Arms, and “worcester.gov.uk” or “worcestercity.net” email addresses for election purposes, and they should not include these Council email addresses in any election materials.

Candidates can use schools and community premises free-of-charge for election purposes, with certain restrictions. Candidates can use these within the electoral ward where they are standing at reasonable times (or an adjacent area if no other venues are available). The candidate must use the room only for the purpose of holding public meetings to promote or procure votes in the forthcoming election. This is separate from sitting Councillors using such facilities for surgeries under existing arrangements.

Candidate forms

All candidate forms are available for download from the Electoral Commission website. We have gathered them into one convenient location and made minor amendments to make them more suitable for Worcester candidates, you can still use the Electoral Commission versions if you prefer.

Police & Crime Commissioner candidates should use forms downloaded directly from the Electoral Commission website or obtained from the PARO.

The Returning Officer can print these forms for you to collect from the Elections office upon request.

Further information

Please contact the elections team if you have any further queries.

You can also find more information about being a councillor on the Local Government Association website

 

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