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Elections - Thursday 4 May 2023

Electoral Commission: Remember, I need photo ID to vote


The next elections in the district are scheduled to take place on Thursday 4 May 2023. 

District Council elections will take place throughout the whole district, except in the district wards of Colney Heath and Marshalswick West.

Parish and Town Council elections will also be taking place.

Neighbourhood planning referenda will be held in the areas of Redbourn and Wheathampstead. 

Poll cards will be sent to voters in late March and will provide details of the elections / referendum taking place in their area.

Make sure you're registered to vote

You must be on the electoral register in order to vote. If you've recently moved, it's important that you register at your new address. Visit our Electoral register and voting page for details of how to register. See the key deadlines section below for information on the registration deadline. 

Voter ID

Voters will be required to show photo ID when voting at a polling station on 4 May 2023. Visit our Elections Act and Voter ID page for more information. 

Can't get to the polling station?

If you can't make it to the polling station on election day, you can apply to vote by post or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Visit our Electoral register and voting page for details of how to apply. See the key deadlines section below for information on the postal and proxy vote application deadlines. 

Key deadlines

Don't lose your chance to vote. Below are the deadlines for registering to vote (if you're not already on the electoral register), applying for a postal vote, applying for a proxy vote, and (if you don't have photo ID) applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.  

Deadline for:Date:Time:
Registering to voteMonday 17 April 2023Midnight
Applying for a postal / postal-proxy voteTuesday 18 April 20235pm
Cancelling or changing a postal / postal-proxy voteTuesday 18 April 20235pm
Applying for a proxy voteTuesday 25 April 20235pm
Applying for a Voter Authority CertificateTuesday 25 April 20235pm
Applying for an emergency proxy voteThursday 4 May 20235pm
Re-issuing lost or spoilt postal voting packsThursday 4 May 20235pm


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about this election, please take a look at the questions below and on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.  Information is also available on the Electoral Commission’s website.

If you can’t find an answer to your question below, please contact us.

Contact details

telephone: 01727 819294

I’d like to stand as a candidate; where can I find further information? Toggle accordion

The Electoral Commission’s “Candidate or agent” pages contain comprehensive guidance for candidates. 

Nomination packs are available below to download.

To assist with calculating candidate spending limits, the 1 March 2023 local government elector totals are available below. These are available per District Council ward and per Parish / Town Council ward. 

Completed nomination papers can be submitted from Monday 20 March and must be received by no later than 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023. Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to: the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Main Reception, St Albans City & District Council, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3JE. Candidates are encouraged to submit their nomination papers for checking as early as possible so that there is time to correct any mistakes.

For further information, please contact Electoral Services on 01727 819565 / 819550 or  

Who’s standing for election? Toggle accordion

Once the nomination period has closed (4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023), please see the "Statement of Persons Nominated" under the Election Notices section above.

Where can I find the results of the elections? Toggle accordion

Once the results have been declared, they will be published on our website. The results will also be displayed at: St Albans City & District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

Do I need photo ID to vote? Toggle accordion

To vote in a polling station on 4 May 2023, you will need to bring an acceptable form of photo ID. This change was introduced as part of the Elections Act 2022.

For more information about acceptable forms of photo ID, and what to do if you don't have photo ID, please visit our Elections Act and Voter ID page. 

Why are some details pre-printed on my postal voting statement? Toggle accordion

The first two digits of your year of birth are pre-printed on your postal voting statement. The digits are pre-populated in the first two boxes of the year of birth based on your date of birth. This is done to assist electors to complete this section of the postal voting statement correctly.

Why have I received multiple postal vote packs? Toggle accordion

If you live in an area with a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum and/or Parish / Town Council elections, you will receive a separate postal voting pack for each election / referendum.

This year, the ballot paper colours are as follows:

  • St Albans City and District Council elections have a white ballot paper
  • Neighbourhood Planning Referenda have a yellow ballot paper
  • Parish / Town Council elections have a green ballot paper

Priority Post Boxes Toggle accordion

Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes, these boxes have late collection times. Find details of your nearest Priority Post Box by using the Royal Mail postcode finder. For further information about Priority Post Boxes please visit Royal Mail's website.  

What is a teller? Toggle accordion

A teller is a volunteer working for a candidate or a political party. They stand outside polling stations to record who has voted. They do not work for the Returning Officer.

Tellers can:
• Ask for your elector number
• Wear a small coloured rosette to show which candidate or party they work for

Tellers can't:
• Intimidate electors or demand their elector number
• Prevent electors from entering the polling station
• Attempt to influence how electors vote