Elections and voting
Register to vote
To be able to vote in elections, you must be registered to vote. By law, you must register to vote if you are eligible to do so, or you could be fined up to £80.
How and where to vote
There are 3 different ways in which you can vote in an election, at the polling station, by post or by opting to have a proxy vote on your behalf.
Find My Polling Station
View a list of Polling Stations per ward with a map to show how to find the polling station on election day
Apply to vote by post
Anyone who is registered to vote can apply to be a postal voter. You do not need to give a reason.
Proxy votes (someone voting on your behalf)
Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. Your proxy would need to vote at the same polling station you would vote at yourself. However, if they wish to, your proxy could apply to vote by post as a postal proxy voter.
Elections of councillors in Chorley
At the moment there are 47 borough councillors within Chorley. From the election in May 2021 this will reduce to 42 councillors due to a local government ward boundary review, the results of which were announced in March 2019.
Become a Councillor
You can stand as a candidate in 3 different types of elections. Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right.
Polling district review
Every local authority is required to undertake a review of its polling districts and polling places. View information on our review.
Register of electors
There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the full register and the open register.
This council is legally required to advertise the number of electors required to sign a petition to hold a referendum for an elected mayor.