Local elections take place across the country this week, with voters rushing out to polling stations to take advantage of their right to vote.
Votes like these are incredibly important for communities, giving residents an opportunity to make their voices heard regarding numerous local matters and issues.
Despite the fact that Liverpool City Council are not holding a local election in 2022, the other five councils across Liverpool City Region are.
A number of candidates from different political parties are standing at these elections, hoping to attain a seat and make an impact on their locality.
The local elections in 2022 are the first public elections since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is everything you need to know about the results of local elections in Liverpool City Region.
When are the local elections across Liverpool City Region?
Local elections are set to take place across the country at the exact same time.
Local elections are taking place in the following local authorities in Liverpool City Region:
- Wirral Council
- Sefton Council
- St Helens Borough Council
- Knowsley Council
- Halton Council
When will votes be counted for the local elections?
As soon as polling stations close at 10 pm, local authorities will then begin the process of counting the votes.
On average, the counting of ballots takes place throughout the night and during the next day.
LiverpoolWorld has reached out to the five local councils holding elections in Liverpool City Region, who have issued the following information:
Wirral Council: Votes will be counted from 10pm on Thursday, May 5, into Friday morning.
Halton Council: Votes will be counted from 10pm on Thursday, May 5, to Friday morning.
St Helen’s Borough Council: The count will begin on the morning of Friday, May 6. The full results may not be declared until as late as 5pm.
Knowsley Council: Verification of the votes begins at 9:30am on Friday morning, May 6, the counting of the votes will occur as soon as verification is finished.
Sefton Council: There are two counts taking place overnight in Sefton and they will begin from 10pm on Thursday, May 5.
Where are the results counted?
LiverpoolWorld has reached out to the five local councils holding elections in Liverpool City Region, who have provided the following information:
Votes will be counted at the Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre in Bidston.
After polls close at 10pm, ballot boxes will be taken to the DCBL stadium in Widnes where they will be counted.
St Helens Borough Council
The count in St Helens will take place at Sutton Leisure Centre, on Friday.
Votes will be counted at the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park in Huyton, on Friday.
Votes for Sefton Central and South Sefton wards will be counted at Aintree Racecourse for the Southport count will be at Dunes Leisure Centre.
When will the results be declared?
Polling stations are set to close by 10 pm on Thursday, 5 May.
The first batch of results countrywide are expected to come in at around midnight.
LiverpoolWorld asked each of the five councils across Liverpool City Region holding a local election for the times that they expect results to be declared.
Declaration of results across Wirral’s 22 wards are expected between midnight and 2:30 am on Friday.
Declaration of results across the borough of Halton are expected at around midnight on Friday morning.
St Helens Borough Council
With all 48 seats being contested after boundary changes, declarations may not come in until as late as 5pm on Friday.
Declaration of results in the Knowsley region are expected between 12 pm and 1 pm on Friday, 6 May.
Declaration of results across Sefton’s 22 wards are expected between midnight and 2:30 am on Friday.