Local elections are this Thursday, 3rd May.
This year, elections in Manchester will be a bit different. As the ward boundaries have changed this year, all council seats are up for election. This is called an ‘all-out’ election. In an all-out election, you have three votes to cast – one for each council seat – so you will be able to vote for the three people you think would make the best local councillors for your area.
Manchester City Council has produced a short video explaining how this will work.
Because of the boundary changes, you may now be asked to vote in a different ward than you have done previously. If you are unsure about this, you can check your polling card, which will state clearly which ward now covers your area. Alternatively, if you contact one of your current councillors, they will be able to advise you.
Some polling stations have also changed, so you may need to vote in a different place than previously. Again, your polling card will have this information. You can also check the address of your polling station on the council’s website: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/pollingstations
For listeners in Middleton, Chadderton, Failsworth and Prestwich, please note that this information is just for the Manchester elections. Local elections for Rochdale, Oldham, Bury (and Salford) councils are not ‘all out’, and so you will only be voting for one council seat as usual on May 3rd. The boundaries are not changing in other local authorities.