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May 2021 elections

Published: 24 February 2021

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There are a number of ways to vote

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Surrey will have the chance to vote for who represents them at Surrey County Council and while the elections are not until May, we're making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

More information about how you can take part is explained below.

Elections are also taking place on 6 May to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner (PPC) for Surrey. Voting will be in the same polling stations as for the council elections. For more details on this election, visit the PPC Elections website.

Registering to vote - deadline Monday 19 April

The elections are very important – they are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Surrey.

You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections and the easiest way to register is online on the GOV.UK register to vote web page.

Register before midnight on Monday 19 April to vote.

How are you making polling stations safe if I want to vote at a polling station?

Arrangements are being put in place to help you stay safe at polling stations; you can expect many of the measures you've become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy if you are uncomfortable with attending a polling station.

How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

Voting by post - apply by 5pm Tuesday 20 April

If you're thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly.

To apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the electoral services team at your local district and borough council.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

Voting by proxy - apply by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April

If you are not able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.

How do I know where my local polling station is?

Your polling station address should be printed on your polling card, which is delivered by post before an election. You can also check where to vote by entering your postcode on the 'Where Do I Vote' website. You must vote at your assigned polling station.

On election day, Thursday 6 May, polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

Do I need my polling card to vote?

If you are registered to vote, but don't have your polling card, you can go to the polling station and simply give them your name and address.

For more information, visit our Elections web page.

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