Time to choose who represents you on local issues - make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

Released on March 26, 2019

On Thursday 2 May, residents aged 18 and over in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them on local issues.

People will be asked to vote for a district councillor who will represent their local area and help make decisions on issues such as recycling collections, planning, housing, parking and leisure. 

In some areas, residents will also have the opportunity to vote for a town or parish councillor who will represent their communities on issues that affect them, by commenting on planning applications and other proposals, and maintaining community buildings, land, play areas, allotments and cemeteries.

To vote on 2 May you need to be registered by Friday 12 April. Residents not already registered at their current address can do so now at gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling 01235 422528 for a registration form.

Anybody who is not sure if they are registered to vote can check by emailing elections@southandvale.gov.uk with their name and address or by calling 01235 422528.

Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, said: “These elections are an opportunity to have your say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. If you want to vote on Thursday 2 May, you must make sure you’re registered by 12 April.”

Polling cards

Everybody who registered to vote by 8 March 2019 should receive their poll card by Monday 8 April – anybody who doesn’t receive their poll card by this date should call 01235 422528 to check they are still registered.

Anybody who registers to vote between 9 March and 12 April 2019 should receive their poll card by 26 April.

Postal votes

If you would like to vote by post, the councils’ Elections team will need to receive your application by 5pm on Monday 15 April – to download an application form visit southoxon.gov.uk/elections or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/electionsor call 01235 422528.

Anyone expecting a postal ballot who doesn’t receive it by 26 April should call 01235 422528 to request a replacement.

More information

For more information about the local elections in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, including how to apply for a postal vote or proxy vote, please visit southoxon.gov.uk/elections or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/elections or call 01235 422528.


Notes to editors

Key dates for this election

  • 4 April – details of who you can vote for published
  • 12 April – deadline to register to vote in this election
  • 15 April – deadline for applications to vote by post (5pm)
  • 24 April – deadline for applications to vote by proxy (5pm)
  • 2 May – voting day (7am to 10pm)
  • 3 May – election results

About the Electoral Commission

  1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.