One of the great things about elections is that everyone’s vote is equal but we know that many people fail to use their vote because they find the process complicated. In 2015, as many as a third of people registered to vote didn’t. People living in Canterbury, Whitstable and the surrounding villages go to the polls to elect representatives at a local, county and national level. To help you prepare I’ve got some important dates for you to remember.
- The next general election will take place in May 2022 to elect your national member of Parliament. Your MP spends their time fighting for your interests; they attend debates, and scrutinise and vote on legislation taken through the House of Commons. They have a role in shaping our laws and can use their position to ask government ministers to respond to current issues.
- City Council elections will take place in May 2019. At these elections you will elect ward councillors for Canterbury City Council. The city council has responsibility for housing, planning, licensing, refuse collection and environmental health.
- County Council elections will take place in May 2021. At these elections you will elect county councillors to Kent County Council. The county council has responsibility for education, social services, roads, libraries and economic development.
- The election for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner will take place in May 2020.
Please use the following links to also help you find out:
- How to apply for a postal vote
- Where your local polling station is
- Whether you are eligible to vote in Canterbury as a student
- Whether you are eligible to vote in Canterbury as a foreign national
- In what electoral ward you live