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Durham County and Parish Council elections - 4 May 2017

Key dates and information in the run up to and during the Durham County and Parish Council elections.

Important dates for voters

Key dates in the run up to and on 4 May 2017.

Register to voteDeadline was midnight, Thursday 13 April 2017
Apply to vote by post or vote by proxy by post, or make changes to existing onesDeadline was 5.00pm, Tuesday 18 April 2017
Apply to vote by proxy (not emergency proxies)Deadline was 5.00pm Tuesday 25 April 2017
Apply to get a lost / spoilt postal vote replacedFrom Thursday 27 April 2017
Polling DayThursday 4 May 7.00am to 10.00pm
Deadline for emergency proxy applicationsBy 5.00pm on Polling Day, Thursday 4 May 2017

Standing as a candidate?

The nomination deadline for County Council and Parish elections is 4.00pm, 4 April 2017.


If you are standing as a candidate, contact Electoral Services for a nomination pack. Nominations can be submitted from 23 March 2017 until 4.00pm, 4 April 2017.

Becoming a councillor

For more information about the nomination process:

Election notices

Election information notices, including election notice, nominations and polling station confirmation.

See Election notices for our:

  • Notice of Election
  • Statement of Persons Nominated
  • Notice of Uncontested Election
  • Notice of Election Agents' names and addresses
  • Notice of Poll

When will you receive your polling card or postal vote

Find out when we'll delivering polling cards and sending out postal votes.

Polling cards

If you vote in person or vote by post, you'll receive your polling card between 31 March and 3 April 2017.

Postal votes

  • If you live abroad we will send your postal votes out to you on 11 April 2017.

  • If you're already registered as a postal voter, or we receive your application to vote by post before 27 March 2017 (including overseas applications), we will send your postal vote out to you 18 April 2017.

  • If we receive your application to vote by post between 28 March and 18 April, we'll send your postal vote out to you 24 April 2017.  

We send all postal votes out by Royal Mail.

Lost polling cards or postal votes

What to do if you lose your polling card or postal vote.

Lost postal votes

If you lose your postal vote, you can contact us for a replacement postal vote from 27 April 2017.

Lost polling cards

If you lose your polling card, you can still turn up to your polling station to vote on 4 May 2017.

4 May 2017 - Polling day

What you need to do on Polling day.

Polling station opening hours

Your polling station (stated on your polling card) is open from 7.00am until 10.00pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.

See our Vote in person page for information about voting at polling station.

Forgotten to post your postal vote?

If you've forgotten to post your postal vote, you can bring your postal vote along to your local polling station until 10.00pm.

Election results

Information about when election results will be available.

County Council election results

The County Council election count will start on Friday 5 May 2017 at 11.00am at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Parish Council election results

The Parish Council election count will start on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 9.00am at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.