Voting in an election

Cambridgeshire County Council holds elections every four years when residents vote for the 61 councillors who will represent them in our 59 divisions.

The previous election was on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Check if you are eligible to vote

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • Aged 18 or over on the day of the election (polling day)
  • A British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • Resident at an address in the area you wish to vote in
  • Not legally excluded from voting

Register to vote

You can register to vote on the GOV.UK website or through your district or city council:

How to vote

You elect a councillor using the 'First Past the Post' system. You vote for one candidate in your local area and the candidate with the most votes wins.

You can vote:

  • In person at a polling station
  • By post
  • By proxy - where you get someone else to vote for you under certain circumstances

Voter ID

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

Find out more on the Electoral Commission website.