Forthcoming elections

Change to SBC election cycle from Thursday, 7 May 2026

Swindon Borough Council unanimously resolved on Thursday, 12 October 2023 to move to whole council elections from May 2026.

Further information is available to view in the explanatory document (PDF).

A general election is taking place on Thursday, 4 July 2024

Swindon is largely split into two parliamentary constituencies, Swindon North and Swindon South. The elections for these constituencies are run by the (Acting) Returning Officer for Swindon.

The wards of Ridgeway and Wroughton & Wichelstowe, as well as the village of Chiseldon and its surrounding area, are in the East Wiltshire Constituency. The election for this constituency is run by the (Acting) Returning Officer for Wiltshire.

Proxy vote applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 26 June 2024. Find out more on different ways to vote.

Photo ID is mandatory to vote at a polling station. If you do not have photo ID, you must apply for a free voter ID by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 26 June 2024. Find out more about voter ID.

 

Postal vote handling and secrecy

From May 2024, there are changes to the way postal votes are handled:

  • Political campaigners are not allowed to handle postal packs. The only exception to this is if the postal vote is their own, or belongs to a close family member or someone they provide regular care for.
  • You will only be allowed to hand in a maximum of 5 postal ballot packs at Polling Stations and the civic office. This is in addition to your own.
  • If you hand postal votes at Polling Stations or at the Civic Offices, you will need to complete a declaration form. You can no longer use the postal boxes at Council Offices.
 

Referendums and petitions 2024

The Local Government Act 2000 requires the Council to publish a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the Council to hold a referendum on whether the borough should change to a different form of governance. This applies to petitions to the Council, submitted between 1 April 2024 and 31 March 2025.

 

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