Elections 2022

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Notices

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Where is my polling station?

You can check where your polling station is online.

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Do I need to register 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 you have recently turned 18 or moved home, you might have to register to vote. Details on how to register can be found on our register to vote page.

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Can I still vote if I am having to shield or do not wish to vote at a polling station?

Absolutely! You can apply for a postal vote or you can apply for a proxy vote (where you appoint someone to vote on your behalf). You may also want to consider a postal vote because you could still vote, even if you were required to self-isolate during Election day.

A helpful video guide explaining how to complete your postal vote pack has been produced.

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Will it be safe to vote in a polling station due to the risk of Covid?

We are doing all we can to make voting in polling stations as safe as possible. If you vote in person, we ask you to wear a mask (unless exempt), stay socially distanced and use the hand sanitiser that will be available. You can also use your own pen or pencil to vote if you wish to do so.

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Local by-elections

Notice of vacany for Bowdon Ward

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Local Government Election

The next local election is scheduled to be held on 5 May 2022.

Local elections are held on the first Thursday of May every 4 years. Trafford holds elections by thirds, meaning a third of seats are contested each year for 3 years, followed by a year when no elections are held.

People will vote to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and takes decisions on how local services are run. Your local councillor will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.

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Guidance for candidates and agents

The Electoral Commission provides a series of comprehensive guides and resources to support candidates and agents on the Electoral Commission website, which includes resources for standing as a independent candidate (Part 2a) and resources for standing as a party candidate (Part 2b).

 The election timetable, nomination papers and supporting forms will also be available on their website on publication:

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Candidates and agents briefing sessions

The candidates and agents briefing sessions will be held virtually this year on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend on either Wednesday 9 March 6pm or Tuesday 22 March 6pm please email the elections team and they will provide you with a link to join the briefing session. 

View the briefing slides.

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Free online personal safety training 

To be held on 23 March 2022: 8:00-10:00 book on line to reserve your place.

This online training has been specially designed for councillors and candidates who want to review and improve their personal safety whilst on the campaign trail. The session is based on sensible tips and techniques that enable participants to review their current personal safety arrangements, implement sensible safety procedures and keep safe online.