There are 4 different types of elections that you may be able to vote in:
- Local elections
- Parish elections
- General (Parliamentary) elections
- Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Local elections are held on a 4 year cycle. There is an election every year for 3 years and then no election in the fourth year. In this election you are voting to elect Councillors of Sheffield who will represent your views for the wards (area) in which you live.
Parish elections are held once every 4 years and usually at the same time as a local election. There are 3 parish wards in Sheffield:
- Bradfield Parish Council
- Ecclesfield Parish Council
- Stocksbridge Town Council
You can only vote in a parish election if you live in the parish. If you live in the parish you can vote in parish elections and also in local elections.
General (Parliamentary) elections
Parliamentary Elections are held when the current Prime Minister calls an election. An election must be held within 5 years. It is commonly known as a General Election.
In this election you are voting to elect who will represent your views within parliament. They will become a Member of Parliament (MP) and will be given a seat within the House of Commons. The party with the most seats in the House of Commons will form the government and rule the country.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections
PCC elections will be held every 4 years, and from 2016 onwards they will be held on the first Thursday in May at the same time as the local elections.
Returning Officer information
Every county, district, unitary and metropolitan council in England is required to appoint an officer of the council to be the Returning Officer for local government elections within their local authority area. In Sheffield, the Returning Officer is also the Local Returning Officer for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections and Combined Authority Mayoral Elections and the (Acting) Returning Officer at a Parliamentary election. They are also the Counting Officer for referendums held in Sheffield.
The Returning Officer is a separate function to the council which appointed them and is personally responsible for the conduct elections. The Returning Officer is impartial and ensures that the election is administered effectively and fairly.