For electoral purposes the Borough of Brentwood is divided into 15 wards, which are further sub-divided into 41 polling districts.
The Council regularly reviews the polling districts and polling places within the Borough and you can find details on the Polling Stations page.
Electors who are eligible to vote at a particular election or referendum will receive a polling card shortly before polling day, telling them where to vote. There are special arrangements for people who cannot get to a polling station to apply for a proxy or postal vote. Further details can be found in the section on Postal and Proxy Voting.
Elections take place each year for local councillors, either at Borough Council or County Council level. Elections were due to be held in May 2020 in 12 of the Council's 15 wards but were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. They are now scheduled to take place on 6th May 2021, alongside elections for the four County Council seats. There are no Borough Council elections scheduled for Herongate, Ingrave & West Horndon ward, Hutton East ward and South Weald ward.
Electors may also live in an area that has a Parish Council for which elections take place every four years. Find out more on the parish elections page.
How do I become a local councillor?
If you enjoy being part of a community and would like to make a difference and do more to help then how about becoming a councillor? You must be British, Irish, a member of the Commonwealth or other European Union country, and over 18 to stand for election. You can either be nominated through a political party or nominate yourself as an independent (with ten registered electors in support). For more details please contact Electoral Services on 01277 312752 or visit the Electoral Commission's web pages for candidate guidance.
Brentwood is in the Parliamentary constituency of Brentwood & Ongar. MPs are elected for a period of up to five years but a general election can be called earlier.
At the last UK Parliamentary Election on 12th December 2019 Michael Alex Burghart was returned to Parliament for the Brentwood & Ongar Constituency.
The Boundary Commission for England has undertaken a consultation on its proposals for changes to the constituency boundaries. You can find out more on its website.
European parliamentary elections
The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020. Prior to this, Essex was part of the Eastern Electoral Region of the UK within the European Parliament. In that region there were seven MEPs, who were elected under a system of proportional representation. The European Parliamentary election was held on Thursday 23rd May 2019.
Police & Crime Commissioner elections
Elections for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police Area are held every four years. Roger Hirst was elected in May 2016. An election was due to be held in May 2020 but has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus situation. This is now scheduled to take place on 6th May 2021 with the elections to the Borough and County Councils.
The Register of Electors can be inspected during office hours at the Town Hall Reception in Ingrave Road. You can make an appointment by calling 01277 312500.
Notice of the verification number for determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 can be found below: