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Last chance to have your say on community consultation on future elections in Sandwell

Published 6th September 2022

Sandwell Council’s community consultation on potential changes to its election cycle will close on Friday 16 September.

Council elections in Sandwell are currently undertaken ‘by thirds’. This means that all councillors are elected for a term of four years, with one third of council seats being up for election each year for the first three years of the cycle. There are no elections in the fourth year.

The options
1. The current process – elections by thirds
Residents have three ward councillors for the area they live. The council currently uses a ‘by thirds’ electoral system. This means that, over four years, elections are held in years one, two and three for one of the three councillors in each ward. In the fourth year, there are no elections.
 
Benefits of this system:
New councillors can be elected more frequently.
Residents are used to this electoral system.
Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the current process
 
2. A whole council election or ‘all-out’ election
This process would see all councillors up for election at the same time once every four years.
 
Benefits of this system:
Reducing the number of elections held from three to one would reduce the cost of running elections.
There’s greater opportunity for residents to influence overall political control of the council, which may encourage more people to vote.
Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the whole council election or ‘all-out’ election
 
Councillors will then consider all the feedback received and come to a decision on how to move forward.
 
Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council said: “My ambition for Sandwell is to be a council that is totally focused on the needs of our residents, where everyone can fulfil their potential and be proud to live here. The arrangements for the election cycles are fundamental to local democracy and the running of council services and it is therefore essential that local people are consulted regarding their preferences.”
 
Leaflets and paper versions of the survey are available in all libraries and Sandwell Locals. Translated copies of the survey are available on request.
 
Residents aged 18 and over will be able to indicate their preferred system by completing a short survey.