We hold full City Council elections every four years, alongside parish area elections. The last council elections were in 2023 and the next are due in May 2027.

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General election

A general election is taking place on 4 July 2024.

For a general election, Chelmsford residents are divided into three parliamentary constituencies:

  • Chelmsford
  • Maldon
  • North West Essex

You can check your parliamentary boundary online.

If you live in the area of Chelmsford that falls under the Maldon constituency, Maldon District Council will administer the election for your area.

If you live in the area of Chelmsford that falls under the North West Essex constituency, Uttlesford District Council will administer the election for your area. 

For information on when they will send your postal vote, who the candidates are and where your polling station is, you can visit the relevant website.

You can also find out more about the parliamentary boundaries.

You do not need to re-register to vote for each election. If you voted in the last elections and nothing has changed (such as you haven't moved house), then you do not need to do anything.

If you are not registered to vote, or something has changed since you last voted, you can register to vote online.

The deadline to register to vote for the general election is midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024.

We will send out poll cards around 10 June 2024. As the law has changed, your poll card may look different this year. Your poll card may be sent in the form of a letter, but the envelope will be clearly labelled.

You need to read your polling card carefully to check your voting arrangements. You do not need to take it with you to vote.

Some polling stations may have changed since the last election. You can check where your polling station is online or check your poll card.

If you need additional help when voting at a polling station, you can contact us online.

The UK government has decided that voters must show photo identification when voting in person.

You can find out more information about voter ID. This includes a list of acceptable documents.

If you do not have ID, you can apply for a voter authority certificate for free.

The deadline for applying for the certificate is 5pm Wednesday 26 June.

If you are going to be away, or can’t get to your polling station on 4 July 2024, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Postal voting

If you apply to vote by post, we will send your ballot papers to you by post. You must return your ballot paper by 10pm on election day. You can send your vote back to us by post or deliver it to us by hand.

We will send out postal votes from around 14 June 2024. You can view our guidance on completing your postal vote.

You can apply for postal vote online. You must send your applications to us before 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.

Proxy voting

If you apply for a proxy vote, you can appoint someone else to cast your vote for you. This should be a friend or family member that you trust.

Unless your proxy sets up a proxy postal vote, they will have to go to your polling station to cast your vote.

You can apply for a proxy vote online. You must send your applications to us before 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

You can find out more about voting by postal and proxy voting.

  • Poll card delivery: around Monday 10 June 2024
  • List of candidates published: Friday 7 June 2024
  • Deadline to register to vote: 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June 2024
  • Deadline to apply for postal or change existing postal votes: 5pm Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • Deadline to apply for proxy vote or change existing proxy votes: 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Deadline to apply for Voter Authority Certificates (voter ID): 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Polling day: Thursday 4 July 2024 (7am to 10pm)
  • Count and publication of results: early morning on Friday 5 July 2024

We will publish the candidates standing in the General Election on Friday 7 June.

We will publish official notices when they are available.

We are not currently looking for polling staff. You can check our working at elections page to keep up to date with any future vacancies.

The Electoral Commission has produced a number of helpful videos to explain various aspects of the voting process. This includes videos in British Sign Language.

You can visit the Electoral Commission's YouTube channel.

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