How to Vote

Voting in Person

Most people choose to vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station.  Your polling place is detailed on your poll card which tells you when and where to vote.  The poll card is just for your information.  You do not require it to vote but it is helpful if you bring it along.  On 6 May 2021, you should go to the polling place on your poll card which will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.  You will find your poll station on the list of Polling Places which also provides a location map.

Voting by Post

Anyone can vote by post.  You can apply for a postal vote for a particular Election, for a set time or for all future Elections.  To apply for a postal vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262 or you can download a Postal Vote Application Form (140.5kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).  The deadline to apply for a Postal or Postal Proxy Vote is 5.00pm, Tuesday 6 April 2021.

Voting by post means that your ballot paper(s) for any Election would be sent to your home address or another address where you will be staying during the Election period.  Postal votes are usually sent out around 5-14 working days before polling day and must be returned to the Returning Officer by Close of Poll (10pm, Thursday 6 May 2021).  Your postal pack will contain ballot papers, instruction on how to complete your Ballot Paper(s) and a Postal Voting Statement which requires your signature and date of birth (unless you have applied for and been granted a signature waver).  The completed Postal Voting Statement must be returned with your ballot paper(s) for your vote to be valid.

Voting by Proxy

Voting by Proxy means that someone else will vote on your behalf.  You can apply for a Proxy Vote for a particular Election, for a set period or for all future Elections.  Your proxy can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people at an election or referendum.  To apply for proxy vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262 or you can download a Proxy Vote Application Form (136.9kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

The deadline to apply for a Proxy Vote is 5.00pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021 and the deadline for an emergency Proxy application is 5.00pm, Thursday 6 May 2021.  Application forms should be returned directly to the ERO and not to the Election office.  Details of how to return your form can be found on the note’s pages of the application forms.

For further information on proxy or postal voting or to alter existing proxy/postal vote arrangements visit Register To Vote (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)