Currently, three types of elections are held at different times across the town: UK general elections, elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner, and local elections for Parish, Borough, and County Councils.

The next Borough Council elections for Cheltenham will be held in May 2022.

Elections for Gloucestershire County Council will next be held in May 2025.

The next general election is scheduled, under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, to be held on Thursday, 2 May 2024, and will be the 59th Parliament of the United Kingdom since 1801.

The next Parish Council elections for Cheltenham will be held in May 2022.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 introduced fixed-term elections for the first time to the Westminster parliament. Under the provisions of that Act, parliamentary elections must be held every five years, beginning in 2015. Elections may be held at an earlier date in the event of a vote of no confidence or similar exceptional circumstances.

Before the passage of the Act, Parliament could be dissolved by royal proclamation which effectively meant that the prime ministers had the de facto power to dissolve Parliament and call a new general election at a time of their choosing.

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