Local Elections 2018

2018 Local Elections – Information for the Media

Local Elections Thursday 3rd May 2018

View a list of candidates and polling stations (Statement of persons nominated).

Council Seats Information:

Elections are being held in 15 of the 16 Borough wards. There will be no Election in Mapledurham Ward in 2018.

Reading Council is currently controlled by Labour. The council leader is Cllr Jo Lovelock.

Political composition of the council: LAB 31, CON 10, GRN 3, LD 2 (Total 46)

Party breakdown of the seats up for election:

Labour – 13, Conservative – 3, Green – 1, Lib Dem 1

There are three additional casual vacancies, two previously held by labour and one conservative. The vacancies are in Church, Kategrove and Kentwood Wards.

Registering to Vote

Key deadline dates:

·         Register to vote by midnight Tuesday 17 April.

·        Postal/Postal Proxy Applications (and for changes to existing Postal, Postal Proxy and Proxy Votes) by 5pm Wednesday 18 April.

·         Proxy vote applications 5pm on 25 April 2018.

Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services on 0118 937 3717 or elections@reading.gov.uk

Poll cards will be sent out on or around 28 March 2018 and again on or around 25 April 2018. Postal votes will be sent out on or around 19 April and a second batch is being sent on or around 24 April 2018.

People do not need to present their poll cards to vote.

Election Results

Results will be available on the council’s website: www.reading.gov.uk/electionresults

Results will be published in full.

Follow Twitter @ReadingCouncil  and Facebook www.facebook.com/Readingcouncil for live updates from the count.

Election Day Thursday 3rd May

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Find your polling station here: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/

Election Night – Count Information

The count will take place at Rivermead Sports Complex, Richfield Ave, Reading, Berkshire RG1 8EQ

Verification start time: 22.01 on Thursday 3rd May 2018

Anticipated Counting start time: Overnight

Estimated first ward declaration time: Estimated 01.00 on Friday 4th May 2018

Estimated full council declaration time: Estimated 03.00 on Friday 4th May 2018

Media Contact for the Election (phone/ mobile/ email): Oscar Mortali, 0118 937 2358 (pre-election night)/ 07808 138931 (election night) oscar.mortali@reading.gov.uk