Elections were held on 4 May 2023 for 16 of the 42 seats on Cambridge City Council.
Each of the city’s 14 wards elected one councillor, and there were by-elections in Castle and Coleridge. Another by-election was held for the Arbury division of the county council.
A by-election for a seat in King’s Hedges ward was held on 4 July 2023.
Scroll down to see the results of the May elections, the King's Hedges ward by-election, and statistics for the new voter ID process.
Queen Edith’s ward by-election on 23 November
A vacancy occurred for a city councillor in Queen Edith’s ward, following the resignation of Cllr Sam Davies. An election was held to fill the vacancy on Thursday 23 November 2023.
- Notice of by-election result: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Notice of poll: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Statement of persons nominated: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Notice of appointment of agents: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Notice of election: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Notice of vacancy: Queen Edith's ward [PDF, 0.1MB]
- Register to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 November.
- Apply for a postal vote or postal proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 8 November.
- Make changes to an existing postal vote or proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 8 November.
- Apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 15 November.
- Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on Wednesday 15 November.
- Polling day will be on Thursday 23 November. Polls will be open from 7am until 10pm.
King’s Hedges ward by-election on 4 July
A vacancy has occurred for a city councillor in King’s Hedges ward, following a resignation. A by-election took place on Tuesday 4 July 2023.
Elections on 4 May
Elections were held on Thursday 4 May 2023 for 14 of the 42 seats on Cambridge City Council. Every ward elected one councillor to represent them for the next four years.
By-elections were also held in Castle and Coleridge – two councillors were elected in these wards. And an election was held for a county councillor for the Arbury division.
- Cambridge City Council election results, 4 May 2023
- Cambridgeshire County Council by-election result, 4 May 2023
At these elections, you needed to provide photographic identification before you could vote at a polling station. Read our voter ID page to learn more.
Voter ID statistics
A total of 89,574 electors were registered to vote on 4 May, of whom 75,546 were eligible to vote in a polling station. 13,865 people were issued with a postal vote and 163 people appointed a proxy to vote on their behalf.
35,162 ballot papers were included in the count, which is a turnout of 39.3%.
Information that can be released on the new voter ID process in polling stations is as follows:
- Electors who applied for a ballot paper but were refused because they had no ID or the wrong type of ID: 302 (100%)
- Number of those electors who later returned with correct ID and were able to vote: 176 (58.3%)
- Number of electors who did not return, and so were unable to vote: 126 (41.7%)
- Declaration of result: Cambridge wards [PDF, 0.3MB]
- Declaration of result: Arbury division [PDF, 0.2MB]
Eligibility to vote
You could vote at these elections if you are:
- a British, Irish, qualifying commonwealth or a European Union citizen
- registered to vote in Cambridge
- aged 18 or over on the day of the elections
All EU citizens could vote at these elections, even though the UK has left the EU.