The different elections and how often they are held
Parish and Town Council Elections
Elections for Parish and Town Councils are held at the same time as District Elections. Parish/Town Councillors are elected for a term of four years. You vote to choose Councillors to sit on your Town or Parish Council.
Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Norton on Derwent and Pickering have Town Councils.
The District of Ryedale is divided into 121 Parishes, and 91 of these are large enough to have their own Parish Councillors. The remaining Parishes hold regular Parish Meetings. Every Parish must have an annual Parish Meeting.
Ryedale District Council Elections
Elections for the District of Ryedale are held every four years.
At this election you vote to choose the Councillors to represent your Ward on Ryedale District Council.
Ryedale is divided into 20 Wards. There are between one and three Councillors per Ward. There are 30 Councillors in total.
County Council Elections
For County Council elections, the District of Ryedale is divided into six County Divisions:
- Hovingham and Sheriff Hutton
- Thornton Dale and the Wolds
In County Council Elections you vote to appoint a Councillor to sit on North Yorkshire County Council.
- There are 72 County Councillors, each representing the residents of North Yorkshire’s electoral divisions
- You can find out more about our current North Yorkshire County Councillors here
North Yorkshire County Council Elections are every four years and are normally held on the first Thursday in May.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Elections
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected by the public to hold chief constables of police forces to account, and make the police answerable to the communities they serve. In North Yorkshire the PCC is also responsible for the Fire Service. In this election you vote to appoint a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
PCC Elections are held every four years.
UK Parliamentary Elections
The UK Parliament is elected at the UK general election. At a general election you vote to choose your MP. The MP will represent your constituency in the House of Commons.
The maximum period allowed between UK Parliamentary Elections is five years. There is no minimum period.