Elections 4 May 2023

Local elections will take place in Southampton on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Southampton City Council local elections

The City of Southampton has a Council of 51 Members or Councillors who make decisions on matters affecting the city. The city is divided into 17 wards and each ward is represented by 3 Councillors who are appointed for a term of 4 years.

This year all of the seats are up for election in each of the 17 wards across the city. Thereafter, 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.