Elections May 2024

On Thursday 2 May, voters in Solihull will go to the polls for the Solihull local council and Combined Authority Mayoral elections. At present the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections are also scheduled to take place. However, an order was laid in Parliament on 7 February 2024 to transfer the powers from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Combined Authority Mayor.  If this order is made, then the Police and Crime Commissioner Election will not take place.

This page will tell you everything you need to know about the Solihull local council elections. 

The Solihull local council 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 2024.

Registered to vote?

If you have recently moved, or turned 18 then you may not be registered to vote. To register in time for this election, the deadline is Tuesday 16 April.

Register to Vote at GOV.UK

Voting by post or proxy

On Tuesday 31 October 2023, the way you apply for a postal and proxy vote changed.

You can now apply for a postal or a proxy vote online.

Apply for a postal vote at GOV.UK

Please note the deadline for postal vote applications to be received by the Elections Office is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

Apply for a proxy vote at GOV.UK

Please note that the deadline for proxy vote applications to be received by the Elections Office is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Paper applications will also be accepted. If you are unable to apply online, please download either a postal vote or proxy vote application form and send the completed form to election@solihull.gov.uk or by post to:

Electoral Services
Solihull Council
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
B91 3QB

Voter ID

All polling station voters will be required to show an accepted form of photo identification before they are issued with a ballot paper.  Please visit our Voter ID - What you need to know webpages for more information.

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 on the Electoral Commission’s website.

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 downloaded here, or you can request copies from the Electoral Services office.  Please email election@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 downloaded here or you can request copies from the Electoral Services office.  Please email election@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 4pm on Friday 5th April.  Nomination papers received after this deadline will not be accepted. 

Please note: Nomination papers can only be accepted after we have published the Notice of Election, which will be on Thursday 21 March and times for delivery are between 10am – 4pm. 

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. To make an appointment please contact Matthew Rossi, Electoral Services Manager by email election@solihull.gov.uk.

West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral Election

In Solihull we are part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. This is where a group of Local Councils all work together on issues that affect the whole area, such as transport and housing. The Combined Authorities are led by the Elected Mayor.

If you are eligible to vote and are registered in an area that has an elected mayor, you can vote in mayoral elections.

The ballot paper will list the candidates for mayor.

Election Timetable

Timetable Date
Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 21 March 2024
Receipt of Nominations 4:00 pm Friday 5 April 2024
Withdrawal of Candidate 4:00 pm Friday 5 April 2024
Appointment of Election Agents 4:00 pm Friday 5 April 2024
Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4:00 pm Friday 5 April 2024
Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated 4:00 pm Monday 8 April 2024
Last Date for Registration Tuesday 16 April 2024
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 17 April 2024
Last day for Voter Authority Certificates 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2024
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday 24 April 2024
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2024
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents  Thursday 25 April 2024
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers   Friday 26 April 2024

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers

5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2024

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications  5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2024
Day of Poll  7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2024
Return of Election Expenses  Friday 7 June 2024