Pink exclamation mark iconThe deadline to register for the Local elections on 3 May 2018 has now passed. However, if you are not registered you should complete your application as soon as possible to ensure that you are on the list for any future elections to be held in the Southampton area.

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Southampton City elections

The next elections to be held in Southampton will be local city elections on 3 May 2018.

The City of Southampton has a Council of 48 Members or Councillors who make decisions on matters affecting the city. The city is divided into 16 wards and each ward is represented by 3 Councillors who are appointed for a term of 4 years.

This year one third of the seats are up for election in each of the 16 wards across the city. Every year for 3 consecutive years, one Councillor in each ward will have completed their term of office and their seat will become vacant. The subsequently elected Councillor will then be in post for a further 4 years. In the fourth year there is no election. This is known as electing by thirds.

Pilot - Identification in Polling Stations - No change in Southampton

As part of a national initiative some local authorities in England will be running a pilot requiring electors to bring specified documents to their polling station in order to confirm their identity before being issued with a ballot paper.  There is no pilot in Southampton and the process for casting your vote will be the same as before.  The nearest authority involved in these pilots is Gosport Borough Council.