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Upcoming elections

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Dates of upcoming elections

2020:

The Government have announced that all elections scheduled for 7th May 2020 have been postponed for 12 months - these are the Adur District Council, Worthing Borough Council, Lancing Parish Council, Sompting Parish Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (all postponed from 7th May 2020)

2021:

  • 6th May 2021:
    • Adur District Elections
    • Worthing Borough Elections
    • Lancing Parish Elections
    • Sompting Parish Elections
    • Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Elections
    • West Sussex County Council Elections

If you are interested in standing as a potential candidate in the West Sussex County Council Elections please read the following letter:

PDF FileLetter to potential candidates in the West Sussex County Council Elections, May 2021 (125KB)

2022:

  • 5th May 2022:
    • Adur District Elections
    • Worthing Borough Elections

Details of any unscheduled councillor vacancies will be added if they arise.

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When are elections held?

  • Adur District:
    Councillors are elected for four-year terms by halves; that is, at each election, half of the councillors (or as near as possible) are elected. Elections are held every two years except in the year when the county council election is held. 
    See also: Adur Councillors
  • Worthing Borough:
    Councillors are elected for four-year terms by thirds; that is, at each election, a third of the councillors (or as near as possible) are elected. Elections are held every year except in the year when the county council election is held.
    See also: Worthing Councillors
  • In Adur: Lancing Parish and Sompting Parish:
    Parish Councillors are elected once every four years in whole council elections.
    See also:
  • Note: There are no parish councils in Worthing
  • United Kingdom Parliament Members of Parliament (MPs):
    Members of Parliament will be elected once every five years from 2019:
    • Adur District Council is responsible for elections in the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency.
    • Worthing Borough Council is responsible for elections in the Worthing West constituency.
    • See also: MPs
  • European Parliament (MEPs):
    Members of the European Parliament are elected once every five years. Both Adur and Worthing are within the South East region for these elections.
    See also: Members of European Parliament - MEPs
  • Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC):
    A Police and Crime Commissioner is elected every four years for each police area. Adur District and Worthing Borough electors vote for a commissioner to the Sussex Police area. The first PCC election was held in 2012.
    See also: Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections
  • By-election:
    A by-election may be held at any time if a casual vacancy occurs, due for example to the resignation of an elected member.

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