Information for voters

Information for voters

When you need to register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote, poll cards and what COVID-safety measures will be in place in polling stations.

Register to vote or apply to vote by post or proxy

You can no longer register to vote in the May 2021 local elections.

You can no longer apply to vote by proxy in the May 2021 local elections.

You can no longer apply to vote by post in the May 2021 local elections or change or cancel an existing postal vote. 

If you applied for a postal vote: 

  • before 1 April then your ballot papers will be posted out on 19 April
  • after 1 April but before the deadline of 5pm on 20 April then your ballot papers will be posted out on 23 April

Because there are 4 elections taking place you will receive 2 postal vote packs, each containing 2 ballot papers. 

Poll cards

Poll cards will be sent out in mid-March. Your poll card tells you your current voting arrangements and if you're voting in the polling station it will include details of where you need to go.

If you've lost your poll card, find out where your polling station will be by entering your address on our ward and polling station finder.

You do not need to take your poll card to the polling station with you in order to vote.

Polling station COVID-safety measures

Wear a face mask when entering the polling station unless you're exempt.

Social distancing and safety measures will be in place, such as:

  • limited numbers of voters allowed in the polling station at any one time
  • hand sanitisers available for you to use
  • polling staff not handling your poll card and possibility to pick up ballot papers from a tray

You can also bring your own pen or pencil.