May 2021 Elections
- Register to vote
- Voting by post
- Polling stations
- How to vote
- More information on ways to vote
- Providing assistance
- Frequently asked questions
- Contact details
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.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote or make changes to an existing postal vote for the May 2021 elections was 5pm on the 20 April 2021.
Terence Herbert is Wiltshire Council's Chief Executive and the Returning Officer. Please take a look at his short postal vote video.
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 opening||Thursday 6 May||Thursday 6 May||Thursday 6|
|Verification of all ballot papers||Friday 7 May||Friday 7 May||Friday 7 May|
|Unitary count||Saturday 8 May||Saturday 8 May||Saturday 8 May|
|Parish count||Sunday 9 May||Sunday 9 May||Sunday 9 May|
|Neighbourhood planning referendum count||Sunday 9 May||Sunday 9 May||Sunday 9 May|
|Police and Crime Commissioner count||N/A||N/A||Monday 10 May|
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.
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:
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 an 'actual' signature, not a digital signature, so if you do not have access to a printer please contact us at email@example.com or call 0300 456 0112 and we will post you a form.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 456 0112.