Most voters in Reading can elect local councillors on Thursday 3 May, but only voters who are 18 or over on the voting day and who are registered to vote will be allowed to do so. You need to register to vote before Tuesday 17 April if you want to be one of them.
You can register online or you can phone Reading Borough Council’s electoral registration office on 0118 937 3717. You can find out if you are registered to vote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
All Reading wards have three local councillors, except Mapledurham ward, which has one. Councillors are elected for four years, after which time they have to stand down and a new election held, although the retiring councillor can stand for re-election again. This means that one councillor is elected (or re-elected) in three out of every four years in all Reading wards (except Mapledurham).
This year, a further councillor from each of Katesgrove, Church and Kentwood wards are standing down, so that two councillors will need to be elected in these wards.
You can register to vote as soon as you are 16, although you are only allowed to vote in local and general elections when you are 18.
Church ward voters will be electing two councillors in May. Councillor Ashley Pearce (Labour) comes to the end of his four year term and Councillor Eileen McElligott (Labour) is standing down, leaving a casual vacancy.
Katesgrove ward voters will be electing two councillors in May. Councillor Sophia James (Labour) will come to the end of her four year term and Councillor Matt Rodda (Labour), who is now the Reading East MP, is standing down, leaving a casual vacancy.
- Register to vote
- Register to vote for local borough elections (RBC)
- 2018 local borough elections and casual vacancies (RBC)
- Reading borough councillors
- Becoming a councillor
- What ward am I in?