Get ready for the local elections on Thursday
On Thursday 2 May you will be voting to elect the candidates to represent your ward as part of Brighton & Hove City Council.
The 54 elected councillors will work together to set the council’s vision, direction and budget for the next four years.
Before then, make sure you know where your polling station is and who the candidates in your ward are.
Look up the candidates
Brighton & Hove is divided into 21 areas called wards, each represented by two or three councillors depending on the number of people living in them. Make sure you know the candidates standing in your area and how many you need to vote for.
Polls are open from 7am until 10pm
You must go to your allocated polling station between 7am and 10pm. This is stated on your poll card, or you can check online using your postcode.
When you arrive, staff will take your name and address and cross you off on their checklist. You will then be able to vote.
Once you have been given your ballot paper you need to clearly mark your choices with a cross in the box need to your selected candidates. When you have made your selection, fold your ballot paper in half and put it into the ballot box.
Return your postal vote in time
If you have received a postal voting pack you must make sure you return your postal vote so that it gets back to us by 2 May. You can return it in the post, drop it in to Hove Town Hall, or hand the completed envelope in at a polling station on Thursday 2 May.
Completing your postal vote is quick and easy, and instructions are included. If you’re still not sure, you can also watch this video.
Your votes will be counted on Friday 3 May, with results expected late afternoon. The results for each ward will be shared on the Brighton & Hove City Council social media accounts and the full results will be found on our website.
New councillors will be in post from Tuesday 7 May and an administration will be formed by Full Council on 22 May.
European Parliament elections
Don’t forget to head to the polls again on 23 May to vote for MEPs to represent the South East in European Parliament.
Find out more
For more detailed information about the local or European Parliamentary elections go to the elections pages on our website.