Local elections 2023

There will be full district and parish elections in Uttlesford on Thursday 4 May 2023.

The last election of town and parish councillors was in 2019. 

All 22 district wards and 53 parish councils will hold elections for new members.

District By-Election - Great Dunmow South and Barnston 
A request has been received to hold an election for the vacancy arising from the resignation of Colin Day. A District Council by-election will therefore take place on Thursday 5 January 2023 for the Great Dunmow South and Barnston Ward.

Find out how to stand for election, key notices and deadline

For any queries on the process, please contact the Elections Office or call the Electoral Services Manager 01799 510434.

May 2023 will be the first time that voter identification will be required to be shown by all voters at a polling station. This has been introduced under the Elections Act 2022.  Further details will appear here on what is acceptable ID and a link to GOV.UK on how to request one if you have no suitable form of photographic identity.

How to stand

Full guidance on how to stand for the elections is 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.

If you are thinking of becoming a parish councillor and want to serve your local community, The National Association of Local Council has general advice and information.

We are running two briefings sessions for candidates and agents in early March via Zoom. These sessions are for anyone standing for election or re-election and will explain how the election will be run for the parishes and district council.

Nomination packs will be available on the website from the time of the candidate briefings. The pack will include essential information about the polls and key documents to complete and return, such as the nomination paper to be hand delivered to the Returning Officer, and others that can be scanned and emailed to candidateinfo@uttlesford.gov.uk.

Key deadlines

  • Nomination of candidates time period - from publication of the Notices of Election (district and parish) until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023
  • Registration to vote deadline - 12 midnight on Monday 17 April 2023, register online now   
  • Postal vote deadline - 5pm - Tuesday 18 April
  • Proxy vote deadline - 5pm - Tuesday 25 April
  • Deadline to request Voter ID - 5pm Wednesday 3 May

Poll cards

Poll cards will be issued to all registered electors as soon as possible after the Notices of Election have been published at the end of March.

If you have not received a card by 7 April it may mean you are not registered. If you have moved in early 2023 you need to have ensured you have re-registered at your new address. Please contact electoral services if you have not received a poll card.

Poll cards are changing!
From May 2023, in order to list the suitable form of photo ID acceptable at a polling station, poll cards will be A4 size and delivered in an envelope. Acceptable ID will include a passport, driving licence and a national concessionary bus pass. Certain other ID will also be acceptable and will be listed on the back of the card. The ID does not have to be valid provided that the photograph is still a suitable likeness. If you do not have any of the ID listed, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate that will be posted direct to your registered address. Full details of this process will appear here in due course.  

The poll card will list the electoral areas - Ward and Parish Council, though not all areas will have both elections as many parishes are likely to be uncontested. At the polling station and with postal votes, electors will be presented with one or two ballot papers - different colours.  It will say how many votes you have on each ballot paper.

Postal votes

Portal votes will be issued as soon as possible after the close of nominations. These are sent by first class post. However if you applied near the deadline these will be posted by the Friday before polling week.

Proxy voting

If you have appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf at your allocated polling station, both you and your proxy will be sent a card.  


These will appear here in accordance with the legal timetable

Pre-election period

We have put together some guidance on conducting council business, publicity and events during the pre-election period for the polls being held in May 2023. The pre-election period for these local elections will start from Wednesday 22 March 2023.


  • Uncontested election results - to appear here
  • Contested election results

The district and parish council elections' verification and counts will take place on Friday 5 May 2023 at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre Saffron Walden.  Full details will be provided to those entitled to attend.  

These will appear here as they are declared on Friday 5 May 2023.