Find out who the candidates are standing in the local May election

7 April 2017

Candidates standing in the Derbyshire County Council local elections on 4 May 2017 have been named.

All 64 seats across the county will be contested by 270 candidates as the new county council is elected for the first time in four years.

Find out who is standing in your area and what party they represent.

Prospective councillors are campaigning for the right to make important decisions on council matters including spending on services like schools, roads, caring for older people and safeguarding children.

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017, and people not registered by this deadline will not be able to vote on 4 May 2017.

To highlight the importance of voting we're running a campaign called "Use your vote" to encourage residents not to miss out on the chance to decide who runs the council for the next four years and represent more than 782,000 local people.

As well as casting their vote by visiting a polling station on the day, there are other options available, either by apply to vote by post (opens in a new window) or apply to vote by proxy (opens in a new window). People need to be registered to vote and must apply for these options.

The deadline for applications for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017. After that date, people may still be able to apply for a vote by proxy, and they should contact their district or borough council for more details.

Derbyshire residents can register to vote online (opens in a new window) or by contacting the electoral registration office at their district or borough council.

Registered voters may have already received their polling cards from their district or borough council through the post, and if not they should be arriving shortly.

The polling card will tell people where their polling station is. However, residents registered to vote do not need their polling card to vote.

Polling stations will be open on Thursday 4 May 2017 between 7am and 10pm.

Our election pages are packed with useful information (opens in a new window) on the forthcoming local election and previous elections, registering to vote and applying for postal and proxy votes. It also has links to all district and borough council websites.

Election results from all divisions will be published in real time within this section of the site. You can also register to receive results by email (opens in a new window) or follow us on Twitter (opens in a new window) and Facebook (opens in a new window) for the latest updates.