Newcastle council election 2022: when will it happen, the deadline for registering to vote and postal votes

Newcastle residents are set to go to the polls in May to choose their councillors
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The 2022 local elections are almost upon us, and 200 councils across England, Scotland and Wales will be subject to the vote.

Seats at Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, North Tyneside and South Tyneside Councils will be contested in this year’s election.

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Here is all you need to know ahead of the election, including all the key dates and who the candidates are in the Newcastle city council region.

When is the 2022 local election?

Local elections take place up to every four years, but not all of them take place at the same time.

The local election in Newcastle will take place on Thursday, 5 May, the same day as elections in many other council areas across much of the UK.

How to make sure you are eligible to vote?

There are certain criteria that must be met in order for you to be eligible to vote.

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This can vary slightly depending on which area of the UK you live in.

To be able to vote in the local elections in Newcastle you must be aged 18 or over.

You must also be one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
  • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission.

To register to vote, visit the UK government website.

If you are voting in person, you should be sent a polling card in the days before the election to inform you of where your polling station is.

Alternatively, you can use Democracy Club’s polling station finder to find your polling station.

Can I vote by post?

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Like with general elections, it is possible to vote in next month’s local elections by post.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote for the 2022 local elections, your application must be with your local electoral registration office by 5pm on 19 April.

Once registered for a postal vote, you will receive a ballot card. On the card, you must clearly fill in who you wish to vote for.

When filling out the card, you must also fill in the postal vote statement, put the ballot and statement in the envelope provided for you and seal the envelope yourself.

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It is also asked that you fill in the ballot paper yourself.

For more information, visit the UK government website.

What are the key dates for the 2022 local elections?

The full list of the key dates between now and election day have been confirmed.

  • Last Date for Registration - Thursday 14 April
  • Receipt of Postal Vote applications - Thursday 19 April
  • Publication of Notice of Poll - Tuesday 26 April
  • Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications - Tuesday 26 April at 5pm
  • Appointment of Poll and Count Agents - Wednesday 27 April 
  • First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers - Thursday 28 April 
  • Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoil or Lost Postal Ballot Papers - Thursday 5 May at 5pm
  • Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications - Thursday 5 May at 5pm
  • Day of Poll - Thursday 5 May from 7am-10pm
  • Count - Thursday 5 May after 10pm

Who are the local candidates standing for election?

The full list of all candidates standing in the 2022 local elections in each of the councils have been published online.

For the list of candidates in your council, visit the links below.