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 election, town and parish council elections, Wiltshire Council unitary elections, and nine local neighbourhood planning referendums will all be taking place.
Our top priority is for you to have your say in a safe way.
Register to vote
It's important to us to live in a democratic county, so in order for you to have your say in the elections and referendums, you must be registered to vote. If you're not already, please visit register to vote webpage It will only take a few minutes of your time.
Vote by post if you can
Given 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 vote by post, as it is the easiest and most convenient way to vote. If you haven't already done so, you can apply at the Government postal vote page We require an actual signature and not an electronic signature, so if you do not have access to a printer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 456 0112 and we can arrange to send you a form via post.
You can return your completed form to email@example.com or by post to 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.
Although our preference would be for you to vote by post, for those of you who wish to have your say in person, we will be ensuring that all polling stations are as safe as possible for you to visit. All 360 of our polling stations will be COVID-secure, with full risk assessments carried out, so on 6 May please 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'll have more information about the venues and the safety measures in place in due course.
Assist us if you can
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, then please get in contact with us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you. There is payment provided for all election roles.
Get in touch
If you have any questions, queries or concerns please get in touch with us at email@example.com or call 0300 456 0112.
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:
Ways to vote
More information on voting in person is available at Electoral Commission - voting in person.
To find out more information about postal voting and to download the form to apply to vote by post, visit Electoral Commission - voting by post. We require a wet ink signature, so if you do not have access to a printer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 456 0112 and we can arrange to send you a form via post.
More information on voting by proxy, the form to download and guidance for your nominated proxy voter, is available at Electoral Commission - voting by proxy.
Frequently asked questions
Your polling station location can be found on your polling card which is posted to you closer to the election date.
We are working hard to ensure that polling stations are safe in relation to COVID-19. This means that your polling station may have changed from previous elections.
You don't need your poll card to vote, but it does help speed things along in the polling station.