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One third of Portsmouth City Council’s seats will be up for re-election on Thursday 4 May – one seat in each of the city’s 14 wards.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

The list of candidates will be available on this page by 4pm on Wednesday 5 April.

You will now need photo ID when voting at a polling station

The government is introducing new rules that require all voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. Find out more at: Voter ID

Registering to vote or applying for a postal vote

You must be included on the electoral register to be able to vote at these elections. If you are not registered to vote, you can apply online at:

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Monday 17 April.

If you are unable to vote in person at these elections, you can vote by post. Anyone can vote by post; you don’t need to have a special reason. If you wish to apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. Follow the link for further details on how to vote by post.

Alternatively, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy. If you wish to appoint a proxy, the deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.  Follow the link for further details how to vote by proxy.

Standing as a candidate

One councillor is to be elected for each of the city’s 14 wards, to serve a four-year term.

Election candidates must complete a nomination process to stand for election. The nomination paperwork includes a form which must be signed by two registered electors from the relevant ward to support your nomination.

Nomination papers must be submitted between 9am and 4pm from Monday 27 March to Tuesday 4 April. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.

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

If you are interested in standing as a candidate at these elections, please contact the returning officer at

If you have any questions concerning the above issues, or about elections or voting, please contact the election services office: or 023 9283 4074.