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Unlike elsewhere in the UK, businesses, as well as residents, can register to vote in local elections. Residents can register to vote (as long as they are eligible), sole traders and equity partners can register, and other businesses and organisations can nominate electors based on the size of their workforce.

Registering to vote for Ward Lists 2015/2016

The annual canvass to revise the Ward Lists 2015/16 will take place between August and December 2014.  The Provisional Ward Lists will be published from 1 December 2014 to 16 December 2014 and the final revised Ward Lists 2015/16 will be in force from 16 February 2015 until 15 February 2016.

View more information about the annual canvass for residents here.

View more information about the annual Canvass for worker votes here.

Why does the City have a different voting system?

​The City comprises just over one square mile but within that area the City of London Corporation serves around 9,000 residents and 340,000 workers. The City is the only area in the country in which the number of workers significantly outnumbers the residents and therefore, to be truly representative of its population, offers a vote to City organisations so they can have their say on the way the City is run.

Who are people voting for in ward elections?

​They are voting for candidates to represent them, or the organisation for which they work, in the Court of Common Council – the decision making body of the City of London.

The City is made up of 25 wards and each elects one Alderman and a number of Common Councilmen (the number depending on the size of the ward) to represent them.

Common Councilmen are elected for a four year term and Aldermen for a six year term.

What do elected Common Councilmen do?

They sit on the different committees that discuss and make decisions on the day-to-day activities and projects of the City of London. The crucial issues that arise from th​ese committees go on to be debated in the Court of Common Council – a monthly meeting of all Common Councilmen and Aldermen chaired by the Lord Mayor. Common Councilmen cover a wide range of professions and City interests but do not represent any political party.

If you are interested in standing for the office of Common Councilman, you can view a job description, for a Common Councilman, and other associated roles, at our Corporate Governance page.

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What is an Alderman?

The Alderman is the senior Member of a ward and also sits in the Court of Aldermen which has historic functions such as approving people for Freedom of the City and approving the formation of new livery companies. The Lord Mayor is drawn from the ranks of the Aldermen. There are separate arrangements for Aldermen whereby they face re-election every six years.

If you are interested in standing for the office of Alderman, you can view a job description at our Corporate Governance page.

When are the next City ward elections?

​For Common Councilmen, elections are held every four years. The next are due in March 2017. Aldermanic elections are held as required, as Aldermen serve a term of six years. These are elections for Aldermen and Common Councilmen only – not for the Greater London Authority, UK or European Parliaments.

Find out more about forthcoming elections.

What happens if the election in a ward is uncontested?

If the number of candidates nominated equals the number of places vacant those candidates are returned. However, irrespective of whether or not there is a contest in an individual ward, a meeting known as a 'wardmote is held. At this meeting the voters in the ward have the opportunity to meet and question the candidates and raise issues with them. All registered voters will be written to individually to inform them of the time and date of the wardmote, and poll, if required.​​