Elections in May 2021
Elections in May 2021
There are elections in England, Scotland and Wales on 6 May 2021. This includes elections that were postponed from May 2020.
Enter your postcode to find out which elections are taking place in your area.
The deadline to register to vote in the elections on 6 May 2021 is midnight on Monday 19 April.
Polling stations will be safe places to vote in these elections, or you can vote by post or by proxy if you can’t or don’t want to go to the polling station.
Voting in person
You can vote in person at the polling station at the elections in May.
Your elections team is already making plans to help you stay safe at the polling station. There will be safety measures in place to help you stay safe, so be prepared to follow the signage and any instructions.
Voting by post
To vote by post, you need to complete a postal vote application form. The process for applying for a postal vote hasn’t changed.
If you want to vote by post, apply early and give your elections team plenty of time to process your application.
Application deadline in England and Wales
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Application deadline in Scotland
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 was 5pm on Tuesday 6 April. This deadline has now passed.
Voting by proxy
To vote by proxy, when you ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf, you need to complete a proxy vote application form. The process for applying for a proxy vote hasn’t changed.
You can choose to vote by proxy for just one election, or have a permanent or long-term proxy vote.
If you want to vote by proxy, apply early and give your elections team plenty of time to process your application.
Application deadline in England, Scotland and Wales
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
We are the Electoral Commission, and we're here to make sure that your vote matters.
We monitor elections and referendums to make sure they are fair, and promote public confidence in the democratic process.
Part of our job is to make sure that elections are accessible to everyone. We believe that anyone eligible to vote should be able to do so.
Democracy relies in part on good information. We run public awareness campaigns about elections, and make sure that referendum questions are worded in a way that voters can't misinterpret.
To vote in any election in the UK you must be on the electoral register.