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May 2021 Elections

On 6 May 2021, all eligible residents in Wiltshire will be invited to vote in a number of elections and referendums.

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections, Town and parish elections, Unitary elections, and ten local Neighbourhood planning referendums will all be taking place.

Our top priority is for you to have your say in a safe way.

Icon for pdf Easy Read Guide to Voting in May 2021 [935.12KB]

Contents:

Register to vote

It's important to us that we live in a democratic county. For you to have your say in elections and referendums, you must be registered to vote. If you're not already, please visit the register to vote page. It only takes a few minutes.

Register to vote

Voting by post

Due to the pandemic, we understand that many of you may not wish to vote in person on election day. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you Icon for pdf vote by post [97.57KB]. This is the easiest and most convenient way to vote. The deadline to register for a postal vote for the 6 May elections is 5pm on 20 April 2021. You must fill out your postal vote application by hand as we require an 'actual' signature and not a digital signature. If you do not have printing facilities please email us at voting@wiltshire.gov.uk to request a hard copy to be sent to you via post.

You can return your completed postal vote application to us via email voting@wiltshire.gov.uk or via post: Electoral Services, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.

Terence Herbert is Wiltshire Council's Chief Executive and the Returning Officer. Please take a look at his short postal vote video.

Verification and count

The location and dates of all verification and counts taking place in May 2021:

 

Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham

County Hall, Trowbridge

Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury

Receipt of ballot boxes and final postal vote openingThursday 6 MayThursday 6 MayThursday 6
Verification of all ballot papersFriday 7 MayFriday 7 MayFriday 7 May
Unitary countSaturday 8 MaySaturday 8 MaySaturday 8 May
Parish countSunday 9 MaySunday 9 MaySunday 9 May
Neighbourhood planning referendum countSunday 9 MaySunday 9 MaySunday 9 May
Police and Crime Commissioner countN/AN/AMonday 10 May

Polling stations

Icon for pdf List of polling stations [150.23KB]

Although our preference would be for you to vote by post, if you wish to vote person, we will be ensuring that all polling stations are as safe as possible for you to visit. All 348 of our polling stations will be COVID-secure, with full risk assessments carried out. This means you can vote with the reassurance that your health and safety is our top priority.

Your local polling station may be different to normal. If you are voting in person, your local polling station will be printed on your poll card which will be sent out in advance of 6 May, and there will also be an online postcode checker.

If you do vote in person, there will be hand sanitiser available and one-way systems in place. Wait times may be longer and you will need to bring your own pen. We will release more information about the venues and the safety measures in place in due course.

Wiltshire Candidates and Agents Election webinar 
Thursday 15 April, 5pm

We will be hosting another Election 2021 update webinar from 5pm Thursday 15 April to provide the latest update on the election in Wiltshire and to answer your questions.

Terence Herbert, Returning Officer, Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, and our elections team will talk you through how our plans are progressing and explain some of the COVID-19 secure measures we will be putting in place at our polling stations and count venues. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have and we will try our best to answer as many as possible.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 15 April at 5pm. 
 
We'd encourage as many of you as possible to attend this briefing session. The session will cover the Wiltshire Unitary, Police and Crime Commissioner, and Town and Parish elections.

How to vote

Register to vote - the last day to register to vote in May 2021 is 19 April 2021.

The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April 2021.

The deadline to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf is 5pm on 27 April 2021.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy can be made if a person finds they cannot go to the polling station because of their occupation, service or employment, or a medical condition, illness or disability that arises after 5pm on 27 April 2021. The application must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address below by 5pm on the date of the poll:

Wiltshire Council
Electoral Services
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

More information on ways to vote

Providing assistance

The running of elections is always greatly aided by residents offering us their assistance. If you think you might be in a position to help, please visit our election roles page. We'd love you to get involved. There is payment provided for all election roles.

Frequently asked questions

Contact details

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please get in touch with us at elections@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 0300 456 0112.