Solihull Council Local Elections 4 May 2023

On Thursday 4 May 2023, voters in Solihull will go to the polls for the local council elections and depending on where you live, you may also have town and parish council elections as well. 

Local Elections in Solihull

The local election gives voters the opportunity to vote for a Councillor for the ward they live in. There are 17 wards in Solihull and one Councillor will be voted in to represent each ward.  Details of who you can vote for will be on your ballot paper. We will upload a list of people standing for election in April 2023.

How do I stand to be a Local Councillor for Solihull MBC? 

To be eligible to stand as a candidate at a local government election in England you must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
  • Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in the Solihull area from the day of your nomination onwards.
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Solihull during the last 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of the election. 
  • Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months prior to your nomination is in Solihull. 
  • You have lived in Solihull during the whole of the previous 12 months before the day of your nomination. 

Apart from meeting the above qualifications, you must also not be disqualified. A full range of disqualifications can be found in the Can you stand for election? guidance from the Electoral Commission.

Candidates and Agents Briefing 

A briefing for election candidates and agents will be held on Tuesday 21 February at 6.00pm in the Civic Suite, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. The briefing will also be held virtually for any candidates and agents who cannot attend in person. Please contact Matthew Rossi, Electoral Services Manager (matthew.rossi@solihull.gov.uk) if you would like to attend. 

Standing as a political candidate

If you wish to stand as a candidate of behalf of a registered political party, the party must be registered on the Electoral Commission’s register of political parties. You must submit the following papers to be a valid candidate –

  1. nomination paper
  2. a home address form 
  3. your consent to nomination 
  4. a certificate authorising you to use the party name or a registered description on the ballot paper.
  5. a written request to use one of the party’s emblems (if you would like one to appear on the ballot paper)

These nomination papers can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.  You can also request copies from the Electoral Services office. Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk to request a paper copy. 

Standing as an independent candidate

If you wish to stand as an independent candidate, you must submit the following three papers to be a valid candidate –

  1. nomination paper
  2. a home address form 
  3. your consent to nomination 

These nomination papers can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.  You can also request copies from the Electoral Services office. Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk to request a paper copy.

Do I have to publish my home address?

You may choose for your home address not to be published on the statement of persons nominated and the ballot paper. In this case, you must complete the relevant section on the home address form, which forms part of the nomination pack.

What description can I use?

If you are standing as a political candidate you can either -

  • leave it blank
  • use the name of the political party
  • use one of the registered descriptions

If you are standing on behalf of 2 political parties, you may use a joint description as registered with the Electoral Commission.  In that case, you will need authorisation from the Nominating Officer for each of the registered parties. 

If you are standing as an independent candidate you can either –

  • leave it blank
  • use the word “Independent”

What is the deadline to deliver my nomination papers? 

The deadline to deliver your nomination papers is 4.00pm on Tuesday 4 April. Nomination papers received after this deadline will not be accepted.  

Please note: Nomination papers can only be accepted once we have published the Notice of Election, which will be Wednesday 22 March. 

Where do I deliver my papers?

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Nomination papers delivered electronically will not be accepted.  

Need any help?

Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk if you need any further help regarding standing for election. 

When will we know the candidates?

The Statement of Persons Nominated will list all of the candidates standing for election. This will be available by no later than 4.00pm on Wednesday 5 April 2023. 

When are poll cards going out?

Poll cards will be going out to residents from the end of March. Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station, along with a map. Polling stations are open from 7.00am until 10.00pm. Some polling stations have changed, so please check your poll card before you leave. 

Am I registered to vote?

If you have received a poll card, then you are registered to vote. If you voted in the last election and you have not moved property since, then you should still be registered to vote. If you are not sure, you can call our helpline on 0121 704 6042. 

If you have recently moved property, or recently turned 18 then you can apply to register to vote by going to www.gov.uk/registertovote

The deadline to register to vote in time for the elections on 4 May 2023 is midnight on Monday 17 April 2023.

Do I have to show photographic ID in order to vote in a polling station?

Yes. The UK Government has introduced a new requirement for polling station voters to show photographic ID in the polling station before they are issued with a ballot paper. Further details can be found on our voter ID webpage.   

Don’t have photo ID? You can apply for a free voter ID (called a Voter Authority Certificate.  You need to apply before Tuesday 25 April 2023.  Apply online at GOV.UK

I’m not around on 4 May, can I still vote?

If you are not here on Thursday 4 May then you can either apply for a postal vote or appoint a proxy (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). Both methods of voting require an application form and they must be received before a deadline.

To apply to vote by post, you do not need to show photo ID. However, if you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, then the proxy will be required to show their photo ID in the polling station. 

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 April. Forms can either be scanned and emailed to electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk or sent in the post to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 25 April. Forms can either be scanned and emailed to electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk or sent in the post to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

When will my postal vote be despatched?

For existing postal voters, all postal vote packs will be despatched around the middle of April. All other postal vote packs will be despatched shortly after.
 

Key Dates

Timetable Date
Publication of Notice of Election Wednesday 22 March 2023
Receipt of Nominations 4.00pm Tuesday 4 April 2023
Withdrawal of Candidate 4.00pm Tuesday 4 April 2023
Appointment of Election Agents 4.00pm Tuesday 4 April 2023
Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4.00pm Tuesday 4 April 2023
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated 4.00pm Wednesday 5 April 2023
Last Date for Registration Monday 17 April 2023
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5.00pm Tuesday 18 April 2023
Publication of Notice of Poll Tuesday 25 April 2023
Last day to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (free voter ID) Tuesday 25 April 2023
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5.00pm Tuesday 25 April 2023
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Wednesday 26 April 2023
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Thursday 27 April 2023
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5.00pm Thursday 4 May 2023
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5.00pm Thursday 4 May 2023
Day of Poll 7.00am to 10.00pm Thursday 4 May 2023
Declaration of Candidates Expenses Thursday 1 June 2023
Return of Election Expenses Thursday 8 June 2023