Local Elections in May 2018

Oxford City Council Election Results - 3 May 2018

The results of the Oxford City Council elections held on 3 May 2018 are available on our Election Results 2018 page.

Oxford City Council and parish elections - 3 May 2018

There will be elections to all 24 wards in Oxford, with one councillor to be elected in each ward. This equates to half the council being elected (24 out of 48). The other councillor in each ward will be due for re-election in May 2020.



Barton & Sandhills


Blackbird Leys

Lye Valley






Northfield Brook

Cowley Marsh

Quarry and Risinghurst


Rose Hill and Iffley

Headington Hill and Northway

St. Clement's

Hinksey Park

St. Maragret's


St. Mary's

Iffley Fields


Jericho and Osney


Normally the elected councillors would serve until May 2022. However the council is under a ward boundary review process and it may mean all-out elections in 2020, which will mean councillors elected this May will have to stand again in 2020.

Notice of election - city council elections - 3 May 2018


City Council elections - Statement of Persons Nominated (polls will take place on 3rd May 2018)

Old Marston Parish Council - Statement of Persons Nominated (poll will take place on 3rd May 2018)

Blackbird Leys Parish Council - Statement as to Persons Nominated (as there were fewer nominated candidates than vacancies all those nominated are elected unopposed, see below)

Blackbird Leys Parish Council - Notice of uncontested elections - both parish wards

Notices of poll for the City wards and Old Marston Parish


Notice of Elections agents' names and office addresses - City Council elections

Polling Hours

Polling hours on Thursday 3 May 2018 will be from 7am until 10pm.

Registering to Vote

For persons not included in the register of electors, applications for registration need to be received by no later than Tuesday 17 April in order to be able to vote on Thursday 3 May. To register online (it is simple and takes no more than five minutes, you need your National Insurance number to hand as it’s part of the registration process) please go to the Government's registration page.

If you are uncertain whether you are registered or would like a paper form to complete, please contact us on 01865 249811.

Poll Cards

Poll cards, stating the hours of the poll and the details of the polling station, will be sent to registered voters in late March.

Poll Cards for Postal Voters

Poll cards are also sent to postal voters to confirm that they are registered to receive a postal ballot pack and giving other information, including how to change or cancel the arrangement.

Please note that if you already have a postal or proxy voting arrangement in place, it can be changed or cancelled on application received no later than 5pm on Wednesday 18 April. It CANNOT be changed after that date.

Absent Voting

Postal Vote

Anyone who is registered to vote at the elections may apply to vote by post. An application form is obtainable from our Postal Voting page or from the Elections Office at the Town Hall.

Completed applications have to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer, via the Elections Office, Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. Signed applications may be sent as a scanned e-mail attachment to [email protected]. Applications must be signed in ink and by the elector themselves. Exceptions do apply on providing a signature but those are if a person cannot sign due to a physical or mental impairment, not because someone isn’t in the country, for example.

See below the note on the posting of postal packs.

Proxy vote

Voters may alternatively apply to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. Proxy applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018. Please note that applications to vote by proxy have to be supported by a reason for requiring a proxy (e.g. because of being away on holiday on polling day). This is detailed on the application form, obtainable on request. For information and/or an application form, please contact us.

After 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018, there is provision for the appointment of a proxy because of unforeseen illness/physical incapacity or work reasons. Any such applications (i) can be allowed only if the incapacity/work reason occurred after that date and time; (ii) have to be attested (supported) by a specified person (e.g. a doctor, manager); and (iii) can be received from then, but no later than 5pm on polling day, Thursday 3 May 2018. Further guidance is obtainable from the Elections Office.

Posting of Postal Vote Packs to Voters

It is intended that postal ballot papers will be posted around Thursday 19 April 2018. However it cannot be guaranteed that they will be posted then. Although they will be sent first class, there is also no guarantee that they will be delivered the day after they have been posted.

Therefore if you are going to be away before 25 April and the postal papers are due to be sent to your home address you may need to consider changing that arrangement to be on the safe side.

Polling Stations

The location of your polling station is printed on your poll card or find your polling station using our Polling Station Postcode Search.

Count and Results

The count will take place at the close of polling on election day, at the Town Hall. Results will be published on our website as they are declared.

A summary of the results will be available on the Election Results page of this website as soon as possible after the completion of the counts.

Further Information/Contact Us

For further information on these elections, you can email us or telephone the Elections Office during office hours on 01865 249811 or write to the Elections Office, Town Hall, St. Aldate's Oxford, OX1 1BX. 

For detailed general information on all aspects of electoral matters, visit the Electoral Commission website. The Commission has also established an additional website specific to registering to vote and voter queries about forthcoming elections. Visit the About My Vote website for full details.