Elections and voting
Publication of verification number
We are required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition on whether we should change to a different form of governance, for example having a mayor.
Electors can petition the Council to hold a referendum. The petition must be signed by at least 5% of the registered electors for the district. This is known as the verification number.
The current verification number is 3,660. It covers any petitions held up to 31 March 2024.
The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011
In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations, the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2023 is 3,660.
This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2024 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2024. If this number is less than 3,660, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2024, shall also be that lower number.
Electoral Registration Officer
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
27 March 2023