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.

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. 

Last updated: 6 April 2021
Next review: 15 September 2020