The aim of this article is to verify the determinants
of electoral volatility in local elections.
Local politics is different from national politics,
it has its own rules, it uses different channels to
reach voters. Local politicians can use mechanism
based on direct contact with voters more freely.
This article analyzes determinants that play
an important role in shaping voter’s behavior
on the local level. Conclusions drawn present
determinants that stem from the second-order
character of local elections, specific voter’s
motivations, campaigning themes, as well as
peculiarity of independent candidate creation
and the construction of committees. All this is
preceded with a general reflection on theoretical
tenets of electoral volatility.