Local elections to be held on May 2nd


Local elections are due to be held in Oldham on Thursday 2 May, make sure you are registered to vote and also have Voter ID ready. 

One seat will be contested in each of Oldham Council’s 20 wards and the Greater Manchester Mayoral election will also be held on the same day.  

Residents will be electing a ward councillor who will represent the area they live in, they also oversee the work of the council and set the strategies and priorities.    

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 2 May, followed by the local election count that will take place at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. The count for the mayoral election will take place across the city-region on Saturday 4 May, with the result due to be declared on Saturday afternoon.   In order to vote in these elections and have their say on who makes important decisions affecting them, residents must be on the electoral register and, if they will be voting in a polling station, have a valid form of Voter ID.   

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 16 April. With the deadline fast approaching, residents not already registered at their current address are urged to make sure they are registered in time.  It takes just five minutes to register to vote online. Alternatively, residents without internet access can contact Oldham Council’s election team on 0161 770 4718. 

How to vote: There are different ways to vote in the elections: at the local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf). The deadline to apply for a postal vote in these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024.   

Residents will also need to show a valid form of Voter ID if they are voting at their polling station. Valid photographic ID includes a passport, driving licence, and some types of bus pass or proof of age card. It can be out of date as long as the picture still looks like you. It must be the original version and not a photocopy. Voters should check they have at least one form of Photo ID on this list and if not, apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. 

The deadline to apply for free voter ID is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.