On 3 May 2018, there are local elections in some parts of England. Find out what to do on the day of the vote and what to do if you have a caring emergency on the day.

These elections will take place in all 32 London boroughs, 68 district and borough councils, and 17 unitary authorities. There are also Mayoral elections in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford.

Find out if the area you live in is going to the polls.

If you are voting, find out:

  • What to do on the day of the vote.
  • What to do if you face a caring emergency on the day of the vote.
  • What these elections are about.

On the day

If you’ve registered to vote, by 3 May you will receive a card through the post (known as a polling card) telling you where your polling station is. Otherwise, find your local polling station.

Go to your polling station between 7am and 10pm and cast your vote. 

If you need to support the person you care for to vote, you can use this Easy Read Guide to Voting to explain the election process. You are allowed to help the person you care for fill out the ballot paper, if that is what they want. 

If you are unsure about anything, ask the staff at the polling station – they are there to help.

In most areas, you will not need your polling card or any form of ID to vote. However, the Government is trialling photo ID in some areas. So if you live in Woking, Swindon, Bromley, Gosport or Watford you will be asked to provide ID.

Emergency on the day of the vote

If you face an emergency on the day of the vote, you should contact your local council as soon as possible but this must be before 5pm. 

Your council should be able to assist you to ensure you can cast your vote.

What these elections are about

A councillor represents you at a local level, known as local government. Local councils and councillors are responsible for providing local services and facilities. Depending on where you live, your council could be responsible for council housing, education services, leisure and recreation, libraries, local transport, parks, roads, and social services.

Your local election office will publish a list of all the candidates standing for election in your area. Find your local election office.

Deciding who to vote for is entirely up to you. You may wish to visit the candidate’s website, party websites or write to the party or candidates for more information.

Further information

If you would like more information about any of the above,  contact Carers Trust.