Local Government Election Thursday 2 May 2024

Additional information will be added as we approach the election.

Election Notices

Election Notices will be available on publication.

Information for Candidates and Agents

You will find a range of useful information on this page and the designated candidates and agents information webpage.

Briefing sessions

The briefing session will provide important information on the various election processes and regulations.

The briefing sessions will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams on:

  • 12 March at 6pm
  • 21 March at 6pm

If you would like to attend one of these briefing sessions, email candidates&agents@trafford.gov.uk to request a Microsoft Teams joining link.

Nomination Papers

Completed nomination papers must be hand delivered to the Returning Officer on any working day on and including Wednesday 27 March 2024 (excluding bank holidays) during the hours of 10am to 4pm until Friday 5 April 2024. 

You will need to make an appointment to deliver your nomination papers. Email candidates&agents@trafford.gov.uk or phone 0161 912 4005  to make an appointment.  

The nomination papers must be printed off as electronic signatures are not permitted.

Useful Links

Information for Electors

Key events and dates for Electors
Key eventsDate

Last day to receive applications to register

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Last day to receive a new postal vote application form or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment

5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024

Last day to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply online.

5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy (except for emergencies)

5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy on grounds of medical emergency or reason of employment.

5pm on Thursday 2 May 2024

Voting in person

You can vote in person at your allocated polling station, details of which will be shown on your poll card. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Election Day. 

Voter ID

If you do not possess an accepted form of photographic ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC). The VAC is an accepted form of photographic ID and is completely free of charge. 

Find your polling station

You can also find out where your polling station is on the Where Do I Vote website

Polling Station Changes

We have recently undertaken a review of our polling districts and polling places and as a result your polling station may have changed.

Where possible we try our best to make as few changes to polling stations as possible but sometimes there are reasons beyond our control which mean that we do have to make either a temporary or a permanent change. Where we have to make changes, we try to find the next best possible venue option.

Check your poll card 

It is very important to check your polling card. The poll card lists:

    • Which ward you are voting in
    • Your polling station – check if this has changed
    • Your voting preference (voting in person, postal or proxy)
    • Information on Voter ID and the accepted forms of photographic ID
    • How to apply for a postal or proxy vote and the legal deadlines for doing so

If you choose to vote by proxy then the person who you have trusted to vote on your behalf will have to take their own identification to be issued with a ballot paper.

Voting by post or proxy

Introduction of postal vote handling measures

Voters will not be allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs (in addition to your own). Anyone handing in postal votes to Council offices or polling stations will need to complete a return of postal voting documents’ form.

These provisions will be in effect for polls taking place from 2 May 2024.

How to apply to vote by post

If you are registered to vote at this property and would like to by post, you can apply online for a postal vote. You are required to upload a photo of your wet ink signature to complete the online application.

Applying online will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

If you are unable to apply online, you can print a paper postal voting application form, or contact us to request an applicaiton to be posted.

How to apply to vote by proxy

If you are registered to vote at this property and are unable to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, you are required to upload a photo of your wet ink signature to complete the online application. If you are unable to apply online you can print a paper proxy voting application form or contact us to request an applicaiton to be posted.