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Colchester City Council upcoming elections

Thursday 04 May 2023

On Thursday 04 May 2023 there will be elections across Colchester. One seat in each of the 17 Colchester City Council wards will be up for election. Various parish councils across Colchester are also up for election on 04 May. 
Elections timetable 
Monday 27 March Notice of Election Published   
Tuesday 04 April 4.00pm Candidate Nomination Deadline 
Monday 17 April Midnight Register to Vote Deadline 
Tuesday 18 April 5.00pm Postal Vote Deadline 
Tuesday 25 April 5.00pm Proxy Vote Deadline 
Thursday 04 May Polling Day 

Candidate Information 

Important information and guidance for candidates considering standing for election is available from the Electoral Commission. 

Find more information about becoming a councillor

Anyone interested in standing as a candidate is encouraged to register their interest by emailing  

Any submission of nominations must be done in person and a prior appointment should be arranged. Nominations should be emailed to beforehand to allow an informal check. 


Candidate nomination packs for are available from the Electoral Commission.  

View the candidate nomination pack

The window for candidates to submit their nominations will open at 10:00am on Tuesday 28 March and closes on 4:00pm on Tuesday 04 April. 

You must email to arrange an appointment, all nomination papers must be submitted by hand. 

We suggest emailing a copy of your nomination to the election office for an informal check before formally handing in any nominations. This will reduce the time spent in the office.  


Information and guidance for you as a voter can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.  

You can register to vote online

If you have registered to vote at your property and have not moved since, you do not need to re-register to vote. 

If you are unsure if you are registered, you can contact us to check. 

Postal and proxy votes 

To apply for a postal vote or proxy vote, you must complete the relevant form and email it to us at

Any applications should be made as soon as possible.  

Find more information on voter ID requirements  

Page last reviewed: 13 January 2023


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