May elections 2021

The Electoral Commission and local councils are already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote. There are a number of ways to have your say on 6 May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.


Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said:

“The choice on how to vote in May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at

For more information and resources for 6 May elections visit the Electoral Commission website.

This means going to the polling station to vote on polling day.

    This means your council will send you a posting voting pack so you can complete your ballot paper at home and return it in the post.

      This is when you are unable to go to the polling station yourself so you ask a trusted person to vote on your behalf.

        If you are aged 16 years or over you can register to vote in the local elections.

        Registering online takes around 5 minutes.


        NOTE: The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK.

        Last modified: Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 1:40 PM