The most frequently asked questions about the elections taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
How do I register to vote or check I am registered?
Read all about voting registration here.
When will I receive my Poll card?
This will depend on when you have registered to vote.
|Poll card issue||Date you registered to vote||Date your poll card will be sent out|
|Poll cards 1st issue||Before 10 March 2021||1 April|
|Poll cards 2nd issue||Between 11 and 20 April||23 April|
You don’t need a poll card to vote if you are registered on the electoral register.
If you have received a poll card at your house that is for someone else that no longer lives at the address please let us know by calling 0344 980 3333.
When will I receive my postal vote?
This will depend on when you applied for a postal vote.
|Postal vote issue||Date you applied for a postal vote||Your postal vote should hit your doormat on:|
|Postal vote 1st issue||Before 22 March 2021||20 April|
|Postal vote 2nd issue||Between 22 March and 20 April 2021||24 April|
More information about postal voting is available.
Will I be safe voting at a polling station?
We’re working with the government, Electoral Commission, wider electoral community and public health authorities to make sure you can stay as safe as possible when voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
We are putting arrangements in place to help make sure polling stations are covid-secure places to vote. Instructions on voting safety will be given immediately when attending the polling station.
If you are concerned about voting in person, you may wish to apply for a postal vote.
We will be updating our website with more information about voting safely at polling stations.
Where is my polling station?
Your polling card will tell you the polling station you should vote at or you can check online: Voter | Electoral Commission
How do I find out information about the candidates?
Candidates information will be available from 4pm on Thursday 8 April on the council’s website when the statement of nominations is published.
To find out more about each person you will need to visit their own/political party website or social media pages for more information as well as looking out for any campaign materials they publish.
The UK government announced that from Monday 8 March individuals would be able to campaign outdoors which will include one-to-one campaigning such as leafleting or door to door canvassing so you may have someone visiting your home to discuss the election in your local area.
What provision is made for disabled people?
There are different options for casting your vote:
- at a polling station
- by post
- or by appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.
Polling stations will be fully accessible. The staff are trained and have access to equipment to assist disabled electors to vote independently or with the assistance of polling station staff. Disabled electors can also bring a companion to assist them to vote at the polling station.
Tactile voting templates and large print versions of ballot papers that can be used for reference are available at all polling stations for blind or visually impaired voters.
You can take a companion with you (close relative or elector qualified to vote) to assist you, or ask the presiding officer at the polling station for help.