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Key dates looming for May’s local election

Published on Friday, 16th April 2021

Residents are being reminded that the deadline for registering to vote and applying for a postal vote for this year’s local elections are just days away.

Norwich residents will head to the polls on Thursday 6 May 2021 to have their say in three elections.

Residents can vote on who will represent them at: Norwich City Council, where a third of local councillors will be elected this year (one for each ward); Norfolk County Council, for the 13 divisions within Norwich; and as the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner.

Only those who are on the electoral role will be able to vote in these elections and the deadline for registering is midnight on Monday 19 April 2021. With the postal vote deadline the day after on Tuesday 20 April.

There are a number of ways to have a say at the elections in May:

  • Polling station – citizens will be able to vote in person at the polling station on their poll card from 7am to 10pm. Staff are taking precautions to make sure that polling stations as Covid-secure as possible, including one-way systems, social distancing, face coverings and sanitising. Voters will also be invited to bring their own pencil if they prefer.
  • Postal – voters can apply for a postal vote until 5pm on Tuesday 20 April
  • Proxy – where you can ask someone to vote on your behalf either at a polling station or by post. Deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. –The deadline to apply for an emergency proxy is 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

Returning officer for Norwich City Council, Stephen Evans, said: “The council have been preparing to make these elections Covid-secure so that everyone can take part safely and confidently.

“To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on 19 April 2021. You can register online at”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can contact the council on: or 0344 980 3333

Everything you need to know about the local election, including signing up for a postal and proxy vote, as well as checking out the candidates in your ward can be found on the 2021 elections page.

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