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​​​​​​​​​Local election timetable - people that run your council are called councillors. They make important decisions that can affect people's lives. Councillors are elected for a 4-year term by thirds (this is at each election a third of the council is elected). Elections are held every year except the county council year. The election years are 2018, 2019, 2020 and so on.​

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Annual canvass

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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 local 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 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.