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Your next election or referendum

Local elections

The next scheduled local election will take place on Thursday, 2 May 2019.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections

The next scheduled election for Greater Manchester Mayor will take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020 and will take place every 4 years after that.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is responsible for delivering these elections.

General election

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed term Parliaments to the United Kingdom with elections scheduled on the first Thursday in May of the 5th year after the previous general election.

  • The last general election was held on 8 June 2017.
  • The next general election is scheduled to be held in 2022.

Local by-elections

There are no scheduled by-elections. Local by-elections can take place at any time of year.


0300 303 0345

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Elections Team
Governance and Committee Services
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU​​


Key dates leading up to the next election

​3-8 August 2018 - as part of annual canvass residents receive Household Enquiry form to confirm details. Annual canvass.

7-16 September 2018 - non-responding residents reminded of annual canvass.

6-21 October 2018 - canvassers call at non-responding households to gather information.

18 November 2018 - non-responders to the annual canvass will receive a final letter. 

1 December 2018 - register of electors published.

1 December 2018 - residents can register to vote from this date.

12 April 2019 at 12 midnight - deadline for registering to vote in the election.

15 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a postal vote.

24 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a proxy vote.

2 May 2019 - local election day.