Register to vote in the upcoming Bristol referendum

Register to vote in the upcoming Bristol referendum

Bristol residents will take to the polls on Thursday 5 May 2022 in a referendum to decide how Bristol City Council is run from 2024 onwards.

5 April 2022

Registered voters across the city will be given the option to vote for the current directly elected Mayoral model of governance or a committee system of elected councillors.

Anyone wishing to vote in the referendum will need to be registered to vote.

The deadline to register to vote for this election is midnight, Thursday 14 April 2022.

If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms on the Electoral Commission website.

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 in doubt, you can check with Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400.

Find out more about the referendum.

Registered voters have multiple options to cast their vote on 5 May. The three ways to vote are:

  • Polling station – citizens will be able to vote in person at the polling station on their poll card from 7am to 10pm.
  • Postal – voters can apply for a postal vote.
  • Proxy – you can ask someone to vote on your behalf either at a polling station or by post.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or change an existing postal vote is 5pm, Tuesday 19 April 2022.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm, Tuesday 26 April 2022.

The count will happen overnight, with results expected on Friday 6 April. The results will be webcast and published on the Bristol City Council website.

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