People across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are urged to remember their photo ID when they go and vote in the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
On Thursday 4 May, residents will go to the polls to choose local councillors who will make decisions on important issues, such as where we should focus our efforts locally to help tackle climate change, where and how new housing gets built, how we work to ensure there’s enough affordable housing and much more.
Information for those voting at a polling station
Polling stations will be open on 4 May between 7am and 10pm.
To vote at a polling station in this election you will be required to show photo ID or a Voter Authority Certificate, so please don’t forget to bring it with you!
- Check now that your ID will be accepted – visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID
- Find out who you can vote for and where you need to go to cast your ballot – visit southoxon.gov.uk/localelections2023 or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/localelections2023
You can also find your polling station on the poll card which you should have received through the post.
If you are not able to make it to polling station on election day because of an emergency, medical issue or unexpected work commitments, you have until 5pm on 4 May to apply for an emergency proxy vote – details on how to apply can be found online on the councils’ election pages or by calling 01235 422528.
Information for those voting by post
If you applied to vote by post in the local elections, you should have received your postal voting pack. Please complete and return your postal ballot immediately – votes will only count if they are received by 10pm on Thursday 4 May.
Postal votes can also be returned on polling day to any polling station within the district where you are registered to vote, or dropped off at the district council office, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, any time before 10pm on election day.
If you expected to receive a postal voting pack but haven’t received it, please call 01235 422528 or email immediately to request a replacement.
Please remember to vote!
Mark Stone,Electoral Registration andReturning Officer at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, said: “Above all, our message to all residents who are eligible to do so, is to please vote. These elections are the best way for most of us to influence future decisions on important local issues, so it really does matter.
“To vote at a polling station on 4 May you must have an accepted form of photo ID or a Voter Authority Certificate with you. We don’t want to turn anyone away or require people to return home to get it, so please remember to bring it with you.
“If you’re voting by post please put your completed pack in the nearest post box today, otherwise it might not reach us in time for your vote to be counted.”
Election count and results
The votes will be counted on Friday 5 May. The district council local election results are expected to be declared from around 2pm onwards and will be available online as follows:
For South Oxfordshire –
- follow @southoxvotes on Twitter
- visit southoxon.gov.uk/localelections2023
For the Vale of White Horse –
- follow @valevotes on Twitter
- visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/localelections2023
The votes in the parish council elections will be counted and results announced later the same day.
More information about the 2023 local elections
For more information about the 2023 local elections, visit southoxon.gov.uk/localelections2023 or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/localelections2023
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
www.southoxon.gov.uk | @southoxon