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Elections Information

Register to Vote

A new system started on Tuesday 10 June 2014. 'Individual Electoral Registration' (IER) means everyone is responsible for getting themselves on the register.

Make sure you are registered to vote. 

How to Vote

If you are on the Register of Electors you will receive a poll card a few weeks before the elections. This will tell you how, where and when to vote. This card is for information only. Please let us know if you lose or forget your poll card; you can still vote without the poll card, but it is easier if you have it with you.

If you know you will not be able to get to the polling station on election day, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

There are various different types of elections covering all levels of government, they are:

  • Parliamentary General Elections
  • European Parliamentary Elections
  • Referendums
  • Local Elections
  • Parish Councils
  • By Elections

The Next Planned Elections in Birmingham

Local Council elections will be held on Thursday 5 May 2016.

This will be held as a combined poll with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election to be held on the same day.

A new parish council is being created for the parliamentary constituency of Sutton Coldfield. The first election of Sutton Coldfield parish councillors will be held on 5 May 2016 in the Sutton Coldfield Constituency only. There will be 24 seats across the 4 wards – 6 seats in each ward. For more details of the Sutton Coldfield parish council.

Key dates for May 2016 Elections:

  • Poll cards will be issued around Easter.
  • Deadline to register to vote - Monday 18 April.
  • Deadline to apply for a postal vote - 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.
  • Deadline to apply for a proxy vote - 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.
  • First issue of postal vote packs will be around 18 April. 

Birmingham City Council Boundary Review

Latest information on the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) electoral review of Birmingham City Council.

How to contact the Elections Office:

By E-Mail: elections@birmingham.gov.uk


The Elections Office
Council House
Victoria Square
B1 1BB

Phone: 0121 303 2731
Fax: 0121 212 1065