These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May and we are working hard with central government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote next May.
Arrangements will be in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks:
- Face coverings must be worn inside the polling stations
- Please use the hand sanitiser provided
- You can bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot papers
- Social distancing requirements may mean there will be queues outside polling stations, particularly during busy times
Am I able to vote at the May 2021 elections?
To vote in these elections you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes.
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
There are a number of ways to have your say in May next year - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
Apply to vote by post
To apply to vote by post you need to fill in and sign an application form. If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.
Apply to vote by proxy
If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
To apply to vote by proxy
you need to fill in and sign an application form explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.