Voting in local elections: What you need to know

Local elections are taking place across England on Thursday, 3 May 2018.

In Islington, all 48 Council seats across all 16 Council wards in the borough are up for election.

Our activists hear concerns from residents, especially EU nationals, that they have not received any information regarding their eligibility to vote.

Here is everything you need to know about registering to vote in the upcoming local elections. 


Who can vote?

You can vote in a local election if you are 18 or over, live in the UK and are one of the following:

  • a British citizen; 
  • a European Union citizen;
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen (further guidance is available here).

You must also be registered to vote. 

How do I register?

You can register to vote online through the following link: It usually takes about five minutes.

If you are a student living in Islington, you can be registered to vote at both your term-time address and permanent home address. However, you can only vote in one of the areas where you are registered. 

The deadline for registering is Tuesday, 17 April 2018.

How do I vote?

You can either vote in person at a polling station on 3 May 2018, or you can vote by post.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. For further guidance on voting by post, please click here.  

If you are interested in voting for the Liberal Democrats, you can read our manifesto here.

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