By-elections can be held at any time when a casual vacancy occurs. They usually happen following the resignation or the death of a currently serving Councillor.
Current Council Vacancies:
There are currently no Borough Councillor vacancies open which have not already been requested to be filled by holding an election. For current Elections taking place please visit the upcoming elections page under the useful links section below.
Casual Council Vacancy
A casual vacancy is usually filled by means of a by-election to elect a new member to fill the vacant seat on the council unless the vacancy occurs within six months of the ordinary election.
Requesting a by-election
A by-election is only triggered by local government electors requesting that the vacancy is filled by holding an election. This requires two local government electors within a principal local authority (not just from the ward) giving notice to the proper officer of the authority.
Discretion on holding a by-election
Once the requests from the electors are received the polling day for the by-election must be set at the Returning Officer's discretion for within 35 working days of the date of receipt of the requests. There is no time limit for receipt of the requests, but, if requests are not received, the seat will remain vacant until the seat would normally be up for election.
For Parish/Town Council Vacancies please contact your local Parish/Town Council.
To see if any Local or Parish/Town Council By-Elections are due to take place, please click the upcoming elections box link below.
To contact Doncasters Electoral Services:
- electors email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Candidates email: email@example.com
- call: 01302 736874