Voters urged to register in time to vote on 5 May

Published: Tuesday, 15th March 2022

On Thursday 5 May residents in Oxford can have their say on who represents them on Oxford City Council. Oxford will have elections for half of the City Council as well as for Old Marston and Blackbird Leys parish councils.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. 

Make sure you’re registered

To vote in these important elections residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in the 5 May elections is fast approaching – midnight on 14 April. Oxford City Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

It takes just five minutes to apply online on the Register To Vote page.

Oxford city councillors represent their local areas and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, housing, parks, leisure, waste, recycling, and planning. 


“Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Oxford. But if you’re not registered by 14 April, you won’t be able to vote.

“If you have recently turned 18, or moved home, please make sure that you are registered to vote. If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If you’re in any doubt, you can check with Oxford City Council. Email or phone 01865 249811.”

Susan Sale, Electoral Registration Officer for Oxford City Council

Postal and proxy voting

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, the City Council will ensure that polling stations will be Covid-safe places to vote on 5 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal is 5pm on 19 April and for a proxy vote, 5pm on 26 April; but please don’t leave it until the last minute.

If you had planned to attend a polling station in person on 5 May to cast your vote, and you, or someone in your household, has tested positive for coronavirus or has symptoms, please do not come to the polling station. Instead contact the Elections Office at Oxford City Council as early as possible in the day. They may be able to make emergency arrangements for you to vote by proxy.

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit the Electoral Commission website.