Local elections and AV referendum today
Local elections will be taking place in large swathes of the United Kingdom today with 38.4 million voters choosing local councillors in their local area. These include:
• 36 Metropolitan Boroughs in England where a third of the council is up for election
• 49 Unitary authorities in England – 19 by thirds and 30 where all council seats are contested
• 194 Second-tier districts in England– 70 by thirds and 124 where all council seats are contested
• 26 district councils in Northern Ireland where all council seats are contested.
There are also elections taking place for the National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.
Every voter throughout the United Kingdom will also be voting in a referendum to consider a possible change to the voting system to the Alternative Vote (AV). Those voting No will wish to keep the current First Past The Post (FPTP) system. Those voting Yes will be voting for the new Alternative Vote system.