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Elections and the voting process

Electoral Services are responsible for organising all elections held in the Borough.

Local Elections

Dudley Metropolitan Borough is divided into 24 wards. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors each serving a 4 year term of office.

The councillors are elected by thirds. In 2004 all 72 seats were up for re-election and the three candidates with the most votes were elected as members as follows:

The candidate who came third was elected for a term of two years

The candidate who came second was elected for a term of three years and the winning candidate was elected for a term of four years.

Local Elections are held in 3 out of 4 years. There is an election for one councillor to each of the 24 wards on the first Thursday in May of each election year.

Please see the How to become a councillor page or visit the Electoral Commission's website

Parliamentary Elections

Parliamentary elections are held to vote MP’s into the House of Commons. There is no set term for parliamentary elections, however a parliamentary election has to take place within five years of the last election. The last Parliamentary Election took place in May 2010, the next Parliamentary Election has to be held by 2015.

By-elections

By-elections are held if a councillor or MP resigns or dies during the term of office.

European Parliamentary Elections

European elections are held every 5 years to elect MP’s to serve in the European Parliament.

Select the highlighted link for further details of The last European election was held on 22nd May 2014 , the next one will take place in 2019. The results and further information about the 2014 European elections are available from Birmingham City Council.

How do I vote?

As long as your name is included on the voters roll and you are eligible to vote in a forthcoming election. You will receive a poll card about a month before the election is scheduled to take place. Your poll card gives you information about the date of the election, where to go to vote and the hours of poll.

Once inside the polling station the poll clerk checks off your name and address on the electoral register and the presiding officer will give you your ballot paper. You take your ballot paper into a polling booth and mark a X on the right hand side of the ballot paper opposite the name(s) of the candidate(s) you are voting for. The number of candidates you may vote for will be stated on the ballot paper and on the notices in the polling booth.

Once you have marked your ballot paper fold it in half and put the ballot paper in the ballot box and leave the polling station. If you spoil the ballot paper show it to the presiding officer and ask for another one.

The presiding officer or a companion can assist a voter with physical disabilities who is unable to vote unaided or who is unable to read. Visually impaired voters can ask for a device to enable them to mark their ballot paper unaided and a large print version of the ballot paper is displayed inside each polling station.

Promote the vote is a website to help people with learning disabilities find out about voting.

If you have already been granted a postal vote you will not be able to vote in person at the polling station, your ballot paper will be sent to you in the post.

If you cannot get to a polling station

You can apply for a postal vote or proxy vote for any election. These can be for a particular election, for a set period or permanently.

If you cannot get to a polling station on election day

Electoral Services are responsible for organising all elections held in the Borough.

Local Elections

Dudley Metropolitan Borough is divided into 24 wards. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors each serving a 4 year term of office.

The councillors are elected by thirds. In 2004 all 72 seats were up for re-election and the three candidates with the most votes were elected as members as follows:

The candidate who came third was elected for a term of two years

The candidate who came second was elected for a term of three years and the winning candidate was elected for a term of four years.

Local Elections are held in 3 out of 4 years. There is an election for one councillor to each of the 24 wards on the first Thursday in May of each election year.

Please see the How to become a councillor page or visit the Electoral Commission's website

Parliamentary Elections

Parliamentary elections are held to vote MP’s into the House of Commons. There is no set term for parliamentary elections, however a parliamentary election has to take place within five years of the last election. The last Parliamentary Election took place in May 2010, the next Parliamentary Election has to be held by 2015.

By-elections

By-elections are held if a councillor or MP resigns or dies during the term of office.

European Parliamentary Elections

European elections are held every 5 years to elect MP’s to serve in the European Parliament.

Select the highlighted link for further details of The last European election was held on 22nd May 2014 , the next one will take place in 2019. The results and further information about the 2014 European elections are available from Birmingham City Council