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Your next election or referendum

Local and mayoral elections due on Thursday, 7 May 2020 have been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Any EU citizen who is registered on the electoral roll will receive a poll card and they will be able to vote in the elections.

Local elections

The next local election is scheduled to be held in 2021.

Local elections are held on the first Thursday of May every 4 years. Rochdale holds elections by thirds, meaning a third of seats are contested each year for 3 years, followed by a year when no elections are held.

People will vote to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and takes decisions on how local services are run. Your local councillor will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections

The next election for Greater Manchester Mayor is scheduled to be held in 2021.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections take place every 4 years - the first term will be for 3 years.

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

UK Parliament (general) election

The next general election is scheduled to be held by December 2024. 

The last general election took place on Thursday, 12 December 2019. 

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.

In the UK Parliament (general) election you're voting for somebody to represent you in Parliament as a Member of Parliament (MP), in a parliamentary constituency.

Local by-elections

There are no scheduled by-elections.

Local by-elections can take place at any time of year.


There are no scheduled referendums.

The last referendum was held on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

In a referendum you're voting on a single question.


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​​