Voting at the May 2022 elections

The Local Elections took place in Southampton on Thursday 5 May 2022. 

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 with central government, the Electoral Commission 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. This may include measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as social distancing, hand sanitiser, and face coverings.

Am I able to vote at the May 2022 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 2022 elections?

There are a number of ways to have your say in May this 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.