Local government elections - Thursday 4 May 2023


  1. Overview
  2. Register to vote
  3. Accessible voting
  4. Standing as a candidate
  5. Working at the elections
  6. Elections timetable


Local government elections will be held to elect one councillor in each of the 18 wards in South Tyneside.

The election will take place on Thursday 4 May 2023. 

Before you can vote at this election, you will need to show photographic identification (photo ID) at the polling station before you are given a ballot paper.

This is a new legal requirement introduced by the government.

For more information, see Voter ID: New requirement for voters to provide photographic identification at polling stations.

Register to vote

You must be included on the register of electors to be able to vote at the local government elections in May.

For more information, see register to vote.

Accessible voting

Anyone who's eligible to vote on polling day should be able to do so independently.

For more information, see accessible voting for all.

Standing as a candidate

If you are interested in standing as a candidate and would like more information about how to do so, see standing for election

Working at the elections

We are looking for people to work in polling stations and the count at this year's elections.

For more information, see working at the elections.

Elections timetable

Delivery of letter to all polling station voters explaining Voter ID Friday 3 February to Thursday 9 February
Nomination packs available from Elections Office Monday 13 March
Publication of Notice of Election Friday 24 March
First day for receipt of nominations Friday 24 March
Delivery of poll cards Friday 24 March to Thursday 30 March
Deadline for the receipt of nominations4pmTuesday 4 April
Deadline for withdrawal of nomination4pmTuesday 4 April
Deadline for notification of appointment of election agent4pmTuesday 4 April
Publication of first interim election notice of alteration Tuesday 4 April
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated4pmWednesday 5 April
Candidates Briefing Session - Reception Room5.30pmTuesday 11 April
Publication of second interim election notice of alteration Friday 14 April
Deadline for applications to register to vote Monday 17 April
Royal Mail begin delivering postal voting packs
(for applications received by 20 March 2023)
 Tuesday 18 April
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by post, or to change existing postal vote details (e.g. cancellation, redirection, etc.)5pmTuesday 18 April
Publication of Notice of Poll Tuesday 25 April
Deadline for new proxy applications (except for emergency proxies)5pmTuesday 25 April
Deadline to apply for Voter Authority Certificate5pmTuesday 25 April
Deadline for appointment of counting agents, polling agents and agents to attend the opening of postal votes Wednesday 26 April
Publication of final election notice of alteration Wednesday 26 April
First day for requests to replace lost postal votes Thursday 27 April
Postal Vote Opening Session - Temple Park Centre9amTuesday 2 May
Postal Vote Opening Session - Temple Park Centre9amWednesday 3 May
Polling Day7am to 10pmThursday 4 May
Postal Vote Opening Session - Temple Park Centre
(start time provisional)
4pmThursday 4 May
Deadline to issue replacement spoilt or lost ballot papers5pmThursday 4 May
Deadline for emergency proxy applications5pmThursday 4 May
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error9pmThursday 4 May
Verification and Count begins at Temple Park Centre10pmThursday 4 May
Deadline for receipt of election expenses Friday 9 June
Deadline for declaration as to candidates expenses Friday 16 June
Deadline for sending postal vote identifier rejection notices Friday 4 August

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