Election timetable 2017

Timetable for local elections in England and Wales: 4 May 2017


This timetable covers the following polls taking place on 4 May 2017:

  • local government principal area elections (for example district, borough, county borough and unitary authority elections)
  • parish and community council elections
  • local authority mayoral elections in England
  • combined authority mayoral elections in England.

The days which are disregarded in calculating the timetable are Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, bank holidays (for example, Monday 1 May) and any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Please be aware that the timetable may change in the event of days being appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

The timetable has been developed based on draft legislation for combined authority mayoral elections and makes some assumptions about what the final legislation will provide for, and so it may be subject to change. We will update and re-publish the timetable as appropriate once the legislation is clear.

Publication of notice of election

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): Not later than 25 days
Date: Not later than Monday 27 March 2017

Delivery of nomination papers

Election: All, excluding combined authority mayoral elections
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): From the date stated on the notice of election up to 4pm on the nineteenth working day before the election
Date: From the date stated on the notice of election up to 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Delivery of nomination papers

Election: Combined authority mayoral elections
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): From the day after the publication of notice of election until 4pm on the nineteenth working day before the election (10am to 4pm)
Date: Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of the notice of election until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Deadline for withdrawals of nomination

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 19 days (4pm)
Date: 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 19 days (4pm)
Date: 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Making objections to nomination papers

Election: Combined authority mayoral elections
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): On 19 days (between 10am and 5pm), subject to the following:

  • Between 10am and 12noon objections can be made to all delivered nominations
  • Between 12 noon and 5pm objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm, 20 days before the poll.

Date: Between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesday 4 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations

Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 19 days
Date: Between 12 noon and 5pm on Tuesday 4 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Monday 3 April 2017

Publication of statement of persons nominated

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): Not later than 18 days (4pm)
Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 12 days
Date: Not later than 4pm on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 11 days (5pm)
Date: Thursday 13 April 2017

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): six days (5pm)
Date: 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): Between 18 days and six days
Date: 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017

Publication of notice of poll

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): Not later than six days
Date: Not later than Tuesday 25 April 2017

Publication of final election notice of alteration

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): five days
Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): five days
Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): four days
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017

Polling day

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 0 (7am to 10pm)
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 0 (5pm)
Date: 5pm on Thursday 4 May 2017

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 0 (5pm)
Date: 5pm on Thursday 4 May 2017

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): 0 (9pm)
Date: 9pm on Thursday 4 May 2017

Sending postal vote identifier rejection notices

Election: All
Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight): Within three months beginning with the date of the poll
Date: By Thursday 3 August 2017