What is a Referendum?
A referendum is when an entire electorate (or population) can vote on one single issue. You choose one of two options.
Each referendum has different rules on who can vote in it.
To vote in a referendum you must:
- Be registered to vote
- Be 18 or over on the day of the referendum (‘polling day’)
- Be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
- Be resident at an address in the UK or Gibraltar (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- Not be legally excluded from voting
Most Local Authorities operate one of three types of executive arrangement:
- Mayor and Cabinet
- Mayor and Council Manager
- Leader (who is elected by Councillors) and Cabinet
To hold a referendum on whether or not Ryedale should operate the ‘mayor and cabinet executive’ or ‘leader and cabinet executive’ (England) system, a minimum of 5% of registered Ryedale voters need to sign a valid petition.
Information about other referendums will be posted here. There are currently no upcoming referendums.