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.

This 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.

Key deadlines

  • Nomination of candidates time period - to be added
  • Registration to vote deadline - register to vote deadline is 12 midnight at www.gov.uk/registertovote  
  • Postal vote deadline - 5pm - date to be added
  • Proxy vote deadline - 5pm - date to be added
  • 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.  

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


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

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