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Elections, Voting and Electoral Registration

Find out all about Elections; register to vote; how to vote; postal and proxy voting; and past election results

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The next scheduled District and Parish Council elections will be held in May 2018.

Elections 2018-2020

Open the document below to see the dates of all District and Parish elections from 2018-2020.

pdf icon District and Parish Elections 2018-2020 [124kb]

Community Governance Review Consultation - Electoral Arrangements of Parish Councils

Craven District Council has commenced a Community Governance review of parish council electoral arrangements, focussing specifically on whether the number of councillors appointed to smaller parish councils is sufficient for their efficient and convenient operation.  This follows a request from a parish council to increase their number of councillors from five to seven.     pdf icon Community Governance Review Consultation [123kb]

The first stage of the review has now been completed and comments received have been considered by the Council's Policy Committee on 31st October 2017.  Policy Committee has recommended an increase in the number of parish councillors from five councillors to seven councillors on the following parish councils, to be implemented on the next ordinary election date of the council concerned.


Parish CouncilExisting Number
of Councillors
New Number of

Next Steps

The above recommendations are subject to confirmation by Craven District Council following a further period of consultation. Comments on the recommendations are invited and should be submitted to the following address by 24th November 2017.

Electoral Services (Community Governance Review)
Craven District Council,
1 Belle Vue Square,
Broughton Road,
BD23 1FJ  


Top Tasks

Electoral Services are responsible for preparation and annual publication of the Register of Electors , as well the maintaining and up-dating the Register during the year through the rolling registration procedures.

Electoral Services organises all elections for local Parish, District, County, UK Parliamentary, European Parliamentary, Police and Crime Commissioner and referendums. District Council Elections take place in three out of four years (a third of the councillors are elected at each time).

Electoral Services organises all the polling stations, staff and ballot papers to ensure the smooth running of the elections. It also process all applications to vote by post or proxy and maintains the absent voters lists.

The overall aim of the service is to manage the electoral registration and election process in a transparent, accountable and innovative manner, to ensure that local people are fully able to exercise their right to vote and influence decisions that affect their lives.

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