Publication of the results of all local elections in a variety of formats to make them accessible to all members of the community.
Electoral boundaries for a council area are decided by the Boundary Commission in consultation with the council and local residents. The number of councillors representing each ward or area is decided as part of this process. The council may request a review of current boundaries by the Boundary Commission at any time. The council publish information regarding the current boundaries and any proposed changes.
The local authority provides information on the process of electoral nominations (how to stand in an election), and publishes a list of nominations for forthcoming local elections.
A record of everyone who lives within the boundaries of the local authority and who is eligible to vote at elections. This is kept in two versions, full which includes all electors and edited which only includes those electors who have given permission for their details to be on the list. The edited version must be available for viewing by the public at the council, and may be sold commercially.
Provision of a facility whereby people who cannot attend the polling station on an election day can have postal ballot papers sent to them.
Provision of a facility whereby people who cannot attend the polling station (usually for reasons of ill-health or employment) on an election day can nominate another person who will vote on their behalf. The proxy must be eligible to vote in the election themself in order to act on behalf of another person. In Scotland, the council provides forms to register to vote by proxy.
A programme enabling the members of the public whose name appears on the register of electors to exercise their right to vote in the election. Providing facilities for voting and counting and declaring results following an election.