One month to register to vote for the local elections

Local elections will be taking place in Brighton & Hove on Thursday 2 May to elect 54 ward councillors.

All eligible residents of the city who are registered by Friday 12 April will be able to vote in these elections.

Who is eligible to vote in local elections?

Most adults who live in the city are eligible to vote in a local election, but you must be registered.

The eligibility for local elections is different to a general election. For example, European Union citizens who live in the city and students who are also registered at another address can vote - so double check if you are not sure.

You can register to vote if you are:

  • a resident in Brighton & Hove
  • 16 or over (although you must be over 18 on 2 May to vote)
  • a UK, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen


It only takes five minutes to register

If you are not already registered to vote, you can register online at  

Follow the prompts to give your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will need your National Insurance Number which can be found on your payslip or letters about benefits or tax. It only takes a few minutes to complete.

How do I know if I am registered?

If you've previously voted in an election and you haven't moved house, you're probably still registered to vote. 

A form was sent to residents in February showing the electoral information we have for your household. If the information on that was correct, or you followed the steps to change the details, you will be registered.

If you are not sure, contact the electoral services team to find out.

Standing as a candidate

If you're thinking about standing as a candidate, you can come along to one of our candidate information sessions where you can find out more about the election process, what councils do and what’s involved in being a councillor: 

  • Monday 18 March, 6-8pm, Brighton Town Hall Council Chamber
  • Friday 22 March, 10am-12noon, Brighton Town Hall Council Chamber


Find out more

For more information about the upcoming local election, how to register to vote, applying for a postal or proxy vote, or how to stand as a candidate, please go to the elections pages on our website.

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