Elections 2022

Subject to a Structural Changes Order being agreed by Parliament, there will be elections on Thursday 5 May 2022. These will elect councillors for a new unitary authority – Cumberland Council.

Vesting day for the new councils is 1 April 2023. From this day Cumberland Council will provide district and county council services across the current areas of Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland.

The new Cumberland Council will have 46 councillors.

The councillors will initially sit on a Shadow Authority until Vesting day, and then serve on the new councils for a further four-year term.


Register to vote

To take part in the elections, make sure you’re registered to vote.

The deadline to register to vote in time for the elections is midnight on Thursday 14 April 2002.


Postal votes

You can choose to vote by post instead of voting in person at a polling station. You do not have to give a reason, but you must be on the Register of Electors and you need to apply in writing. You can have a postal vote for just one election or for as long as you would like. Postal votes can be sent to addresses in the UK or abroad.

Download a postal vote application.

The deadline for new postal vote applications or changes to existing postal applications is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.


Proxy voting

As an alternative to postal voting, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf (proxy voting).

You can apply for a permanent proxy vote if:

  • You have a permanent physical incapacity, are registered blind or receive the higher rate of mobility component of the disability living allowance.
  • Your work frequently takes you away from home.

The permanent application form requires a signed declaration, from either a doctor, nurse or warden of a home, or in the case of work your employer.

Download a proxy vote application form.

The deadline for changes to existing proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

The deadline for new proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.


If you need help filling in the postal or proxy forms, please call our Electoral Services team – 01228 817555 or 01228 817556.


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