Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Police & Crime Commissioner and City Council elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2020.

One third of Portsmouth City Council's seats will be up for re-election, which will comprise of one seat in each of the city's 14 wards. In addition, elections will be held to choose a Police & Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire police area.

The election will take place on Thursday 7 May and polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

The list of candidates will be available by Thursday 9 April on this page.

Registering to vote or applying for a postal vote

If you are not registered to vote, you can register online

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Tuesday 21 April. 

If you are unable to vote in person you can apply to vote by post, or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5.00pm Wednesday 22 April. Follow the link for further details on how to vote by post.

If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, the deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 29 April.  If you wish to appoint a proxy, follow the link for further details how to vote by proxy.

Find out more about the Police & Crime Commissioner elections

Standing as a candidate at these elections

Portsmouth City Council elections

To stand as a candidate at the City Council elections, candidates need to complete the nomination process. As part of this process prospective candidates need 10 registered electors from the relevant ward to support their nomination.

The Returning Officer is holding a briefing session for candidates and agents at 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 March. Nomination packs will be available at this session.

If you would like to attend this session, please contact the Returning Officer at

The nomination process starts on 1 April and closes at 4.00pm on Wednesday 8 April.

Police & Crime Commissioner elections

If you wish to stand as a candidate at the Police & Crime Commissioner elections, you should contact the Police Area Returning Officer at Southampton City Council at

Further information on standing as an election candidate is available from the Electoral Commission

Contact us

If you have any questions concerning the above issues, or about elections or voting, please contact the Election Services Office by email at or by phone on 023 9283 4074.