Local elections are taking place in the county on Thursday and we've created a list of everything you need to know about the elections and how to vote.
The elections will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018 between 7am to 10pm but not all wards are up for election.
Read more: Preston 2018 local elections guide
Read more: Local elections are coming up in Chorley
Which wards are up for election?
Preston Rural North
Adlington & Anderton
Astley & Buckshaw
Chorley North East
Chorley North West
Chorley South East
Chorley South West
Clayton-le-Woods & Whittle-le-Woods
Clayton-le-Woods West & Cuerden
Eccleston & Mawdesley
Wheelton & Withnell
Parish Council Elections in Chorley will be held in:
Euxton North East
Euxton North West
You can no longer register to vote for the elections in England on Thursday 3 May. The deadline was Tuesday 17 April.
You can still register to vote for other future elections at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Who can vote?
To vote in a local council election you must be registered to vote, 18 years old or over on polling day, and also be one of the following:
- a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
- resident in the UK
- not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
The following cannot vote in a local council election:
- anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens
- convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
- anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election
When you get to the polling station
Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive. You do not have to take your poll card with you.
You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or the options you can vote for.
How do I vote?
Depending on where you live, you will be asked to make either one, two or three choices on your ballot paper.
- Mark your choice(s) with an 'X'.
- These elections use the First Past the Post system.
- This means that the one, two or three candidates – depending on how many you were asked to vote for – that receive the most votes are elected.
Casting your vote
- You can vote in person at your polling station. You will receive a poll card from your council telling you where your polling station is.
- The deadline to apply to vote by post has now passed.
What are the elections for?
The local elections on Thursday 3 May are for you to choose who represents you on your local council.
Depending on where you live, your local council is responsible for all or some of the following areas:
- Council housing
- Education services
- Electoral registration
- Environmental health
- Leisure and recreation facilities
- Local planning
- Local transport
- Parks and public places
- Regulation of local business
- Roads and footpaths
- Social services
- Waste and recycling
All the results will be published straight away on the Lancashire Post website. The counts start at 10pm on May 3 and will continue through to Friday May 4.