On Thursday 6 May residents in Southampton will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at our Local Elections and who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire Police Force Area
There are three ways to have your say - you can vote by post, in a polling station or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.
To vote residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Voting by post
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Voting at a Polling Station
For those who choose to vote in person, arrangements will be in place to help ensure polling stations are COVID-19 safe. Many of the measures will be familiar to voters, as they have been in place for some months in shops and banks, such as social distancing, use of hand sanitiser and face coverings (unless exempt). Voters can bring their own pencil or pen.
Voting by Proxy (appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf)
The deadline for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
Notice of election, including the candidate’s names can be found here:
Mark Heath, Returning Officer for Southampton and the Police Area Returning Officer for Hampshire, said:
“With less than a month to go until the deadline to register to vote, time is running out to take part in these elections. The elections in May are very important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Southampton. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.
“We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over the past year, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. You also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy – but you will need to apply soon if you want to use these options."
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said:
“You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.
“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take these actions.”
For more information visit: www.southampton.gov.uk/SouthamptonElections2021
More information about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner here.