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You need to register to vote to be able to vote in elections.

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

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Rutland County Council elections

The election of councillors to serve on Rutland County Council takes place once every four years, on the first Thursday in May. 

The last Council election was held in May 2019.

Rutland County Council elections - 4 May 2023

Elections will only be held in contested wards - wards where there are more candidates nominated than there are seats available.

Nominations closed on 4 April 2023 and we now know which wards are contested and uncontested:

  • Barleythorpe - contested
  • Braunston and Martinsthorpe - contested
  • Cottesmore - contested
  • Exton - contested
  • Greetham - contested
  • Ketton - contested
  • Langham - contested
  • Lyddington - uncontested
  • Normanton - contested
  • Oakham North East - contested
  • Oakham North West - contested
  • Oakham South - contested
  • Ryhall and Casterton - contested
  • Uppingham - contested
  • Whissendine - uncontested


You can view the results from this election on our Election Results page. This includes a notice confirming the results of any uncontested elections.

Please note, the count for this election will take place on Friday 5 May.


If your ward is contested, to vote in the election you must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 17 April 2023.

If you want to vote in a polling station, you will need to produce valid photo ID - find out more about voter ID on the Electoral Commission website.

People who are unable to use the internet can contact our elections team for information about voter ID: elections@rutland.gov.uk or call 01572 720954.

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Postal and postal proxy voting

If the election is contested, we must receive your postal vote application by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023 to vote by post,

If your proxy wants to vote by post, you must appoint them before they can apply to vote by post - make sure you leave enough time for this. The deadline for them to apply to vote by post as a proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.

If contested, postal votes will be sent out on or around 14 April 2023.

From 27 April 2023, you can email elections@rutland.gov.uk or call the elections team if your postal vote:

  • is lost
  • is damaged - you'll need to return your damaged postal vote and bring proof of your identity to collect the replacement
  • has been stolen
  • has not arrived

If you want to cancel your postal vote, you'll need to put this in writing to us (including a wet ink signature) by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023, or you will not be able to vote at your polling station. You can either:

  • post your cancellation request to: Elections, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP
  • scan and email your cancellation request to: elections@rutland.gov.uk
  • request a cancellation form: call 01572 720954

Proxy voting

If the election is contested, we must receive your application by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023 to vote by proxy.

To change or cancel your proxy, you must email elections@rutland.gov.uk or call our elections team on 01572 720954 by 5pm on 18 April 2023. If you do not change or cancel your proxy vote by this date, your proxy will not be able to vote on your behalf at a polling station if the election is contested.

Town and parish elections

The election of town and parish councillors takes place once every four years, on the first Thursday in May. 

The last election was held in May 2023 and the results can be found on our Election Results page.

Parish and town council elections - 22 June 2023

All four parish council elections due to be held on 22 June 2023 were uncontested. This means there was no election for those parishes on that day and the candidates put forward were elected uncontested.  The results of these uncontested elections can be found on our Election Results page.


General elections

General elections usually take place every five years. 

The last general election was held on 12 December 2019.

The next scheduled general election will be held on the first Thursday in May 2024.

We will publish voter information on this page when an election is called.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place once every four years.

The last election was due in May 2020, but due to the pandemic it was held on 6 May 2021.

The date of the next election has not been confirmed yet.

We will publish voter information on this page when an election is called.

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