Current vacancies and elections
Elections on 23 May 2019
Election of Members to the European Parliament will take place in the UK on 23 May 2019, unless an agreement is approved by Parliament and the UK for the UK’s exit by 22 May. If the UK leaves at any time prior to polling day, the election will be cancelled. There are 751 Members of the European Parliament, of those 73 represent the UK with seven of them representing the East of England.
Who is standing for election?
The Notice of Persons Nominated for Election will be published here on Friday 26 April.
Make sure that you are registered to vote
Make sure you don’t miss your chance to have your say. If you want to vote, you’ll need to register by 7 May 2019.
Who is eligible to vote in these elections?
To vote in the European Parliamentary elections you will need to be registered to vote in the UK, aged 18 or over on 23 May 2019 and:
• be a British citizen, a citizen of the European Union or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain; and
• not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
If you are a citizen of a European Union country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can either vote in the UK or in your home country. You can’t vote twice.
To vote in the UK, Citizens of European Union countries (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) must complete a UC1 form stating that they wish to vote in the UK and not in their home country. Electors registered as EU Citizens will be receiving UC1 forms with instructions on the process to follow after the Notice of Election has been published on 15 April 2019. The UC1 form can be found on the Your Vote Matters website.
If you are not registered to vote, you will need to apply to register and, if applicable, complete a UC1 before 7 May 2019 to vote at the European elections on.
Where can I vote?
Your polling station will be specified on your polling card, which will be delivered to all registered electors in the coming weeks. The Notice of Poll, including the full list of polling stations, will also be published here in due course.
Postal and proxy votes
You can apply online for a postal or proxy vote at the Your Vote Matters website. The deadline to apply for a postal or proxy vote for the European Parliamentary elections is 15 May.
Please note, if you are already registered to vote you do not need to re-register.
For further information on the European Parliament elections, visit the website of the Your Vote Matters website
Elections on 2 May 2019
- West Suffolk Council elections
- Parish and town council elections
- Election timetable (for all elections on 2 May 2019)
- Register request form
- Absent voters list request form
- Notice for postal vote opening
- Notice of Election
- Electorate for expenses calculation
- Expenses - Return form
- Expenses - Agent declaration
- Expenses - Candidate declaration
- Expenses - Guidance
Table of Election Notices by Ward
Table of Election Notices by Parish
If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy will occur. This may happen because a councillor has resigned, passed away, become disqualified (or ceased to be qualified) or because of a failure to take up office.
The rules for casual vacancies are different depending on whether the seat is for a district or county council, or for a parish or town council, however, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise the vacancy.
The list of current vacancies can be found below.
If an election is called following a notice of vacancy being displayed, a by-election would be held. The date for the by-election will be set within required timescales and it would be advertised by the publication of a notice of election which marks the start of the election process.
Details of any by elections can be found below.
How to request an election
District and county councils
When a councillor's seat becomes vacant, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise that vacancy.
The notice explains that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the council's proper officer by two electors from the authority’s area.
If an election is called, it must be held within 35 days of the notice. The exception to this is that if a vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections, the vacancy is carried over to the next elections. The seat will remain vacant during that time and no by-election will be held.
Parish and town councils
The parish or town clerk will display a notice of vacancy in the parish area. The notice shall explain that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the district council's proper officer by 10 electors from the parish area, within 14 working days of the date of the notice.
If an election is called, it must be held within 60 days of the notice. If no request is received then the town/parish council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.
The notice of vacancy must run its course before the town/parish council has the opportunity to co-opt a new councillor as this gives the electors of the parish a chance to call an election if they wish to.
If the vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections for that council then no election will be held, and the seat may remain vacant until it is filled at the next elections, or the council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.
Past election results
For details of past election results visit our election results pages.