Leeds City Council election

The election was held on 3 May 2018
Please see the Notice of Election (PDF, 62KB)External.

This election is going to be different

The major difference is that you will be able to vote for three councillors. This is because Leeds City Council has recently been through a ward boundary review and some ward boundaries have changed. There have always been three councillors per ward, but in past elections you’ve only needed to vote for one at a time.

Ballot paper changes

For this election your ballot paper will include many more candidates and you will be able to select up to three. You can only vote for one candidate once – you won’t be able to give two or three votes to one candidate. If you choose to you can opt to vote for only one or two candidates.

How the result will be decided

All the votes for each candidate will be counted up and the three candidates with the most votes will be elected to represent their ward. However, the length of term awarded to each winning candidate will vary dependent on their position:

winning candidates term allocations
PositionLength of term
First place4 years
Second place2 years
Third place1 year

Assigning differing term lengths in this way will enable us to return to only voting for one candidate each year.

Due to councillors representing their ward for a four year term, and there only being three per ward, there is always one year in four where we do not hold a Leeds City Council election. This is called a fallow year.

Polling station changes

For most people there will be no change to their polling station, but some people will live in a place that has been affected by a boundary change which will likely mean a change to the councillors they can vote for and the location of their polling station. If you intend to vote in person you will need to double check your polling station’s address on your polling card or look it up using your postcode

Why did the boundaries need to change?

The reason for this change is that the boundaries for the wards have been updated to reflect the changing populations in each ward. It’s important that each ward has a similar number of people in it so that they can each be proportionately and fairly represented by their three councillors.

The review was conducted by the Local Government Boundary Commission. Further information about the results of the review can be found on their websiteexternal link.



Notice of Election - 26 March 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Notice of Election - 26 March 2018.pdf63258pdf

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