On Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections will take place across the UK, including in Manchester. Here’s what you need to know.
1) Your vote can make a real difference.
These local elections are an opportunity for you to vote for the candidates who will represent your area in the local council. From housing and transportation to education policies, local councils have a significant impact on your daily life. For example, they can ensure there are enough buses to get you to and from university, increase lighting on the streets to help you feel safer when walking home at night, and require nightclubs to have first aiders available to deal with any incidents of drink spiking.
Moreover, your vote can influence the direction of the whole country, as local elections can have a ripple effect on national politics. So, don’t underestimate the power of your vote.
2) Bring photo ID if you’re voting in person. Your student card doesn’t count.
The UK government has introduced a new requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at polling stations. Your student ID card is not an accepted form of identification. However, a passport, driving licence, identity card with PASS mark or biometric immigration document are all acceptable forms of photo ID. Check the full list of eligible ID at on the Electoral Commission website.
3) Learn about your local candidates online.
There are many candidates running in the local elections, representing different political parties and independent groups. You can find out more about the candidates in your area on the website whocanivotefor.co.uk. Knowing more about the candidates can help you make an informed decision when casting your vote.
4) Make sure you know when and where to vote.
Polling stations, which are designated locations where registered voters can cast their vote, are open from 7am to 10pm. You can find your assigned polling station on your polling card or by visiting whocanivotefor.co.uk.
5) The deadline to register has passed, but don’t miss out in the future.
To vote in the 2023 local elections, you had to register to vote by 17 April 2023. However, don’t miss out on future opportunities to have your say in local and national politics. You can register to vote at any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote.