Politics: What date are the local elections 2018, who are the candidates in my ward and when is the postal vote deadline?

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ENGLAND is heading back to the polls next month for the local elections.

Here’s all you need to know about the next democratic contest in the UK.

Brits have found themselves back in the polling booths

When are the local elections?

Polling day for the local elections is May 3 as 156 councils go up for grabs in England.

Voting can be done in a number of ways – by proxy, by post, or in person.

Those voting in person will need to head to their local polling station to cast their ballot.

Voting is normally held in a large local building, such as a school, community centre or church.

The location of your polling station will be on the poll card sent to you.

If you can’t find the poll card, you can contact your local authority to find out.

You can find contact details for your local Electoral Registration Office on the government website.

Which ward am I in?

Local elections are broken down by wards which each elect a councillor much like a constituency sends an MP to the House of Commons.

You can find out which ward you are voting in by visiting the Your Vote Matters website and entering your postcode.

It will then tell you which council you are under and which ward you will be voting in.

Who are the candidates?

According to The Electoral Commission your local elections office will publish a list of all the candidates standing for election in your area.

Voters will be able to find a link to information about the election from your local council’s website.

However there is no official source of information on candidates as local councils and the Electoral Commission are usually not allowed to provide information on the people who are standing and their policies other than their name, address and party (if they have one).

In some elections, such as mayoral elections or referendums, you may be have sent an information booklet.

When is the postal vote deadline?

The deadline for registering to vote by post in these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

You can download the form to apply for a postal vote from yourvotematters.com.

After completing the form you have to print it, sign it and send it back to your local authority making sure it arrives before the 5pm deadline next week.

Once you’ve got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.

You can hand your postal ballot in at your local council on the day if you’re not able to send it back by post in advance.

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