Types of election
Types of election
Find out about elections in Bristol
Everyone in the Bristol City Council area is represented by:
- one, two or three councillors depending on ward size
- a Mayor of Bristol City
- a Combined Authority Mayor
- a Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset
- a Member of Parliament (MP)
- six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
These are held once every four years, on the first Thursday of May.
An election was held on Thursday 5 May 2016. Find your Local Elections 2016 results.
In a local election you are voting to elect councillors of Bristol who will represent your views for the wards (area) in which you live.
There are 34 electoral wards in Bristol and each ward has one, two or three councillors depending on its size. There are a total of 70 elected councillors.
Find your local councillor
Mayor of Bristol City Election
Mayoral elections are held every four years. An election was held on Thursday 5 May 2016. See the 2016 Mayoral election results.
The Mayor of Bristol is Marvin Rees (Labour Party). Find out more about the role of the Mayor of Bristol.
The Mayoral Election uses supplementary voting.
Combined Authority Mayor for West of England Election
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) was established in February 2017.
Tim Bowles (Conservative Party) was elected the WECA Mayor on Thursday 4 May 2017.
The WECA will be led by the elected WECA Mayor (sometimes referred to as the Metro Mayor). Elections for the WECA Mayor will be held every four years.
Find out more about devolution and the role of the Combined Authority Mayor.
Police and Crime Commissioner Election
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections are held every four years. An election for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner was held on Thursday 5 May 2016.
The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner is Sue Mountstevens.
Find out about the role of the PCC on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections use supplementary voting.
General (Parliamentary) Elections
A UK Parliamentary General election will be held in Bristol on Thursday 12 December 2019.
The last General Election was held on Thursday 8 June 2017.
In general elections, you elect somebody to represent you in Parliament, as a Member of Parliament (MP), in a parliamentary constituency.
Four constituencies cover Bristol City Council:
- Bristol East
- Bristol North West
- Bristol South
- Bristol West
See the MPs details for Bristol constituencies
Visit the UK parliament website for information about the role of MPs and the work of parliament.
European Parliamentary Elections
Voting for the European Parliamentary Election took place on Thursday 23 May 2019.
In European Parliamentary Elections, you vote to elect somebody to represent you in the European Parliament as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
There are 12 European electoral regions in the UK; each region has between three and 10 MEPs.
Bristol is in the South West region and has six MEPs.
You can find details about our MEPs, as well as information about their roles and the role of the European Parliament, on the europarl.org.uk website.
A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single question.
Referendum on Membership of the European Union
The EU Referendum was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide if the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.
Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum
The Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum was held on Thursday 23 February 2017 to decide whether the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan should be used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications.
Business Improvement Districts ballots
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are partnerships set up to improve particular commercial areas.
Businesses in the area can take part in a ballot to choose whether to pay a percentage of their rateable value on top of their business rates to fund projects which benefit local businesses.
For information, results of BID votes and notices of BID ballots for current or recent BIDs visit our business improvement districts page.