Make sure you're registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

Published: Tuesday, 10th April 2018

On Thursday 3 May, residents in Oxford will go to the polls to vote on who represents them at a local level.

Local government elections select the councillors who make decisions on running your services, including housing, planning, parks, leisure, and waste and recycling management.

To vote in this important election you must be on the electoral register, and the deadline to register is fast approaching. With one week to go until the deadline, Oxford City Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 17 April. You can apply online at It takes just five minutes.

Anita Bradley, Returning Officer for Oxford City Council, said: “With one week to go before the deadline there is still time to register to make sure you can take part in the City Council election on 3 May. It's 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 17 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.

The last date to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 18 April. The last date for receipt of a Proxy Vote Application is 5pm on 25 April. For more information visit the elections and voting page. 

If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If you are a student living in college or university accommodation you need to re-register every year. If in doubt, check your details by contacting Oxford City Council on 01865 248911.