Most elections are contested by candidates representing registered political parties. Sometimes independent candidates stand for election, unsupported by a party.
There are also elections for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, which was first held in November 2012. There was a by-election in August 2014. The next one will be on 5 May 2016.
Here are the results for elections in Sandwell going back to 2008.
Wards and constituencies
Sandwell is divided into 24 wards each represented by three councillors.
Each ward is within a parliamentary constituency and we have four constituencies within the borough, each of which has a Member of Parliament.
You can view the maps of the wards and constituencies in Sandwell on the Ordnance Survey Election Maps website. We can also provide printed copies of maps, upon request, for 30p each. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandwell Council's Acting Returning Officer is only responsible for the administration of three of these constituencies as the Halesowen and Rowley constituency comes under the responsibility of the Acting Returning Officer for Dudley, based at Dudley Council.
The whole of the Borough comes under the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's area and the West Midlands European Parliamentary Election Region.
We are committed to providing a quality electoral service - to see what we provide and what you can expect from us, including our performance, please see our Customer Charter for Elections Services.
How to vote
You will need to make sure that you are registered to vote. Once registered you can vote in one of three ways.
- Vote at a polling station
- Vote by post
- Vote by proxy (where someone you nominate votes on your behalf)
How to stand for election
If you are interested in standing for election in Sandwell, you can find more information on becoming a councillor.
Your name must be on the electoral register if you wish to use your right to vote. The Register of Electors (the Electoral Roll) is a record of people eligible to vote within Sandwell.
The way your register to vote changed from summer 2014.
Mayoral petition notice - verification number
Each year we have to publish the verification number which is used to determine if petitions asking us to change our governance arrangement are valid. You can view the official verification number notice.