Elections - 5 May 2022

Elmbridge Borough Council and Claygate Parish Council elections on Thursday 5 May 2022

On 5 May, Elmbridge residents will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them on Elmbridge Borough Council.  A by-election is also taking place in Claygate parish on 5 May.


Polling stations will be safe places to vote in these elections.  If you prefer, or are unable to go to the polling station, you have the option to either vote by post or by proxy  Inside the polling station there will be safety measures in place, with regular cleaning of polling booths.  Voters are encouraged to wear face coverings where possible, use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station and bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot paper.

If after 5pm on 26 April you are unable to vote in person because you are self isolating as a result of government or medical advice, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. You can also use this form if your proxy is unable to vote in person because they are self-isolating. You can apply up to 5pm on 5 May.

Key dates and official notices

Note: official notices will be uploaded once key date has been reached.

Candidates and agents

The Electoral Commission website outlines eligibility to stand for election in each type of poll and publishes comprehensive guidance and resources for candidates and agents for all polls. This includes rules on spending, donations, and campaigning. 

  • Advice on electoral deadlines and procedures is available from the Returning Officer’s staff at electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk .
  • A briefing for election agents will be held on 1 March at 6pm in the Civic Centre, Esher.  To register your interest please contact electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk
  • Nomination papers are available from electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk or the Electoral Commission website.
  • Nomination papers, consent to nominations and home address forms must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at the Civic Centre in Esher on any working day between 9am and 5pm between 29 March and 4 April, and between 9am to 4pm on 5 April.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote has now passed.  To vote on 5 May you must be registered to vote. If you are unsure whether you are registered contact Electoral Services.

Every eligible registered voter will be sent a poll card with information about the election including your polling station. If you have not received a poll card, or you have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote.

Who can vote

To vote at these elections, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish, European Union citizen, or Commonwealth citizen with permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission. Your name must appear on the Register of Electors before you can vote.

Different ways to vote

There are three ways to vote:

  • by post
  • by using a proxy voter
  • in person at a polling station. 

Voting by post

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes has now passed. 

Postal votes will be despatched on two dates.  For postal voters who applied by 11 March, postal voting packs will be despatched on or around 14 April.  For postal voters who applied between 12 March and 19 April, postal voting packs will be despatched on or around 25 April.  All postal voting packs will be sent via first class mail.

If you require a postal vote because you are going away before the day of the election, you may wish to consider voting by proxy instead if the above despatch dates are not convenient.

If you have not received your postal vote by 28 April, call 01372 474474 to arrange a replacement.

More information about voting by post including an application form.

Voting by proxy

The deadline for applying for a temporary or permanent proxy vote has now passed.

If after 5pm on 26 April you are unable to vote in person because: 

  • you have a medical emergency
  • you learn you cannot go to the polling station because of works reasons
  • you or your appointed proxy is self-isolating as a result of government or medical advice 

you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.  Completed applications much reach Electoral Services by 5pm on 5 May.

Voting in person at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you with further information about the election, including a map of your polling station. Please check where your polling station is located as it may have changed since you last voted.

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 5 May 2022.  You do not need to take the poll card with you to vote.

View more information about polling stations, including a map and list of venues.

How to vote in a polling station

Student voters

Higher education students may be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university/college address. If a student’s home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, they can vote in local elections in both areas. They will need to consider whether to register to vote in both areas and whether to make postal or proxy vote applications as necessary. More details can be found on the Electoral Commission website

How to vote  

Always read the instructions on how to complete the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before. The ballot paper lists the name of each of the parties and candidates along with their party logo (if any).

You will have one (white) ballot paper for the Elmbridge Borough Council election.  You can vote for one candidate at this election by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.

Claygate voters will have one (salmon) ballot paper for the Claygate Parish Council election.  You can vote for one candidate at this election by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.

More information is available at the Electoral Commission.

Who is elected

Sixteen Elmbridge Borough Councillors will be elected to Elmbridge Borough Council (one third of the seats).

One Parish Councillor will be elected to Claygate Parish Council.


The counting of the votes will take place from 10am on Friday 6 May.  Results are expected by early afternoon and will be publicised at Election Results. The press and candidates may confirm details of the count venue by contacting Electoral Services directly.

Any press enquiries should be directed to communications@elmbridge.gov.uk.  

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