Where is my polling station? Where to vote in Newcastle local elections 2022 - and opening and closing times
The local council elections are scheduled to take place in Newcastle on 5 May.
It’s time for the North East to take to their local polling stations to vote in new councillors throughout the region.
Over a third of positions in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead council are up for grabs in this election.
So, where can the people of Newcastle go to cast there vote in the elections?
Here’s everything you need to know about polling stations across Newcastle.
Where do I find my polling station?
Each person that has registered to vote will receive a polling card before 5 May. This will be sent directly to your home, and will hold the polling station information specific to your area.
If you do not know which polling station will be yours, and would like to find out ahead of time then you can check your local council website, and they will have a finder.
The polling station finders for the council areas throughout Newcastle can be found below:
To use the polling station finder all you need to do is type your postcode in and the correct polling station information will come up.
What are the polling station opening times?
Polling stations across Newcastle will be open on 5 May from 7am to 10pm.
As long as you are registered you can go to your specific polling station any time throughout that period.
What do I do at the polling station?
You do not need to bring your polling card when you vote, but it can help speed up the process when you are there.
You can contact your local registration office if you have not received your ballot.
Do not take a picture of your ballot paper, as you can get a fine.
What if I can’t get to my polling station?
If you are unable to make it to your polling station then you have other options available such as postal vote and voting by proxy.
If you wanted to vote via post then your application had to be with your local electoral registration office by 5pm on 19 April.
Voting by proxy means that you ask a trusted person to vote on your behalf if you are able to vote in person on polling day.
If you cannot make it to the polling station at the last minute, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote, and you have until 5pm on polling day to do this.
You can find out more about the voting options you have on the how to vote article at NewcastleWorld.
How do the council elections work?
These elections are for councillors rather than Members of Parliament, however, councillors still represent political parties like Labour, Conservative, Green and more.
Local elections are an important chance for communities to have their say on how their local area is run, and how funds are allocated.
As well as this, local elections often demonstrate the country’s voting intentions in other elections.
You will also vote for councillors in your ward, rather than MP’s in your constituency. Wards are smaller. You can find out which ward you are apart of on your local council website:
You can find out more about the candidates standing for election in your ward at the NewcastleWorld breakdown of each candidate throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.