What are elections?
Elections are a democratic process where citizens aged 18 and over elect political candidates to represent them and their interests locally, nationally or internationally. The process is determined by a voting system, where citizens vote for one candidate. The candidate with the majority of votes is elected. Anyone who is enrolled on the Electoral Register is able to vote. There are four different types of election:
1. Local government elections
Borough Council elections
West Lancashire has 25 wards, 54 councillors and 21 Parish Councils. Councillors are elected by a simple majority and serve for four years. Council elections are held for three years in every four. Casual vacancies can sometimes occur due to factors such as retirement, illness or death.
The most recent Borough Council elections were held at the same time as the Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner elections on 5 May 2016. For results visit the election results page.
Some parish councils also held elections, but none were contested.
To make sure you’re registered to vote at elections visit our electoral register page or contact the elections office. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.
The next Borough Council elections will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018.
Lancashire County Council Elections
County Council elections are held every 4 years. The last election was held on Thursday 2 May 2013 and the next is due to be held on Thursday 4 May 2017. To find out more about the results of these elections visit Lancashire County Council's (external link) website.
2. UK Parliamentary Elections
The West Lancashire borough is served by the West Lancashire Parliamentary constituency.
The wards of Rufford, Tarleton, Hesketh-with-Becconsall and North Meols form part of South Ribble Parliamentary constituency.
Each constituency returns one MP on a simple majority. A government serves for a maximum of five years before dissolving. However, the government may call a parliamentary (or 'general') election at any time during the five-year period. By-elections may occur due to factors such as retirement, illness or death.
The last UK Parliamentary Election was held on Thursday 7 May 2015. To find out more about more about Parliamentary elections visit the Electoral Commission (external link).
3. European Parliamentary Elections
The European Parliamentary election was held on 22 May 2014 and is next due to be held in 2019. The counting of votes took place on Sunday 25 May 2014. For more information about the European Parliamentary Election visit North West Votes (external link)
The European Parliament serves for a fixed term of five years. Election dates are set by the European Parliament. Further information can be found on the European Parliament website (external link).
4. Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
The last Police and Crime Commissioner election took place on 5 May 2016 and the next election will be held on 7 May 2020. For more information visit our Police and Crime Commissioner page.