Parish council elections 2023
Notice of Election
Parish council elections will take place in Copeland on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
All seats in all parish and town councils will be up for election and the Notice of Election is published.
The deadline for submitting a Nomination period is 4pm on Tuesday, April 4.
To be eligible to vote in these elections you need to be:
- living and registered to vote at an address in Copeland
- Over 18 years old
- British, Irish, a Commonwealth citizen or a European Union citizen (living in the UK).
More details on voter eligibility can be found here.
If you are not already registered to vote, you must register by April 17 2023 to be eligible to vote in these elections. You can register to vote online.
If you are unable to, or don't want to vote in person (by visiting a polling station), then you can either:
- apply to vote by post (your application must be received by 5pm on April 18, 2023) or
- apply to vote by proxy - this means appointing someone else to vote on your behalf (your application must be received by 5pm on April 25, 2023).
Voter ID requirements
Voters in Copeland will need to show photo ID to be eligible to vote in person and by proxy in these elections.
There may be some changes to polling stations this year, so please take note of your polling station address on your poll card, as it may be different from before. You can also use our online polling station finder.
From May 2023, poll cards are changing from the traditional A5 size card. In order to list the suitable forms of photo ID acceptable at a polling station, poll cards will now be on A4 sized paper, delivered in an envelope. Providing your name is on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card, which tells you where you should vote.
If you already have a postal voting arrangement in place, you will receive a poll card telling you when and where your voting papers will be sent.
Standing as a candidate
If you are interested in standing as a candidate, full guidance is available on the Electoral Commission’s website. The guidance covers eligibility, how to stand, permitted expenditure, the campaign, your rights and what happens after the declaration of the result.
Nomination packs will be made available from early March and submissions can be made by appointment. To request a nomination pack, or to make an appointment for submission, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
- your full name
- the area you wish to stand in.