The race is on for local elections

Worcester City Council elections on 5 May Voting

Local elections have officially begun, with candidates of all parties hoping to secure Worcester residents' votes on Thursday May 5.

Formal notices have been published for the City Council elections, marking the formal start of the contests.

Voters will be going to the polls in 12 of the city's 15 wards, because the City Council currently holds elections in three out of every four years, with a third of councillors being elected each time.

This year there will also be an additional by-election in the Nunnery ward, following the recent resignation of Jim Carver as a councillor.

Shane Flynn, Returning Officer for Worcester, said: "This is your chance to make your voice heard and decide who represents you on big issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Worcester, from housing and parks to bin collections.

"Time is running out to make sure you can take part in Worcester's local elections. If you're not registered before midnight on 14 April, you won't be able to vote, so please take five minutes to go to

"If you do not want to cast your ballot in-person at one of our polling stations, now is the time to be going to to apply for a postal vote or for someone else to vote on your behalf as a proxy."

Elections will be held on May 5 for councillors in the following wards: Battenhall; Bedwardine; Cathedral; Claines; Gorse Hill; Nunnery; Rainbow Hill; St John; St Peter's Parish; Warndon; Warndon Parish North; and Warndon Parish South.

Residents in Nunnery will also vote for a second councillor in the by-election following Jim Carver's resignation.

There will not be elections this year in the Arboretum, St Clement and St Stephen wards.

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: "You can't have your say in these elections unless you are registered to vote. Registering is easy and only takes five minutes at

"If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important to make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

"If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with the City Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01905 722530."

People can choose to vote in a number of ways – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 April.

Find out how to apply for a postal or proxy vote 

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