A referendum is a direct vote where the electorate of an area is asked to answer a question on a particular proposal.

Types of referenda

There are several types of referenda:

  • UK referendum
  • national referendum
  • regional referendum.

How a referendum is run

In the run-up to a referendum there is a formal campaigning period. Timetables are produced showing the dates and deadlines during the referendum period. After the poll is closed, the votes are counted locally. The results are then collated and the overall result announced.

Referendum figure for elected Mayor

Every February we are required, by the Local Government Act 2000, to publish a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the council to hold a referendum on whether the district should change to a different form of governance.

The minimum number of signatures (equivalent to 5% of the district's local government electorate) is 4,111.

The above number will be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted to the district council before 1 April 2021. However, a new number will be published in February 2021 and if the new number is less than 4,111, then the new number will apply from the date it is published.