Elections - 6 May 2021

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council elections on Thursday 6 May 2021

On 6 May, residents in Elmbride will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council.

COVID-19 pandemic

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. Inside the polling station there will be safety measures in place, so be prepared to follow the signage and any instructions. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, distance markings and face coverings. You are encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper. Safety measures may mean you have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast your vote. Try to avoid busy times if you can, like before and after work, after the school run and lunchtime.

If you find out closer to the time that you need to self-isolate or you live in an area that goes into a local lockdown, please contact us for information on how to cast your vote.

May 2021 polls delivery plan

Key dates and official notices

Note: official notices will be uploaded once key date has been reached.

  • Notice of election: Monday 22 March
  • Statement of persons nominated: By 4pm on Friday 9 April
  • Registration deadline: Midnight on Monday 19 April
  • Postal voting deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 20 April
  • Proxy voting deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 27 April
  • Notice of Poll: Tuesday 27 April
  • First day to replace lost postal votes: Thursday 29 April
  • Polling day: 7am - 10pm on Thursday 6 May
  • Counting of votes - Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council: Friday 7 May
  • Counting of votes - Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner: Saturday 8 May

Candidates and agents

The Electoral Commission website outlines eligibility to stand for election in each type of poll and publishes comprehensive guidance and resources for candidates and agents for all polls. This includes rules on spending, donations, and campaigning. 

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner candidates:

  • Nomination papers and candidate queries relating to the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election should be directed to the Police Area Returning Officer at Runnymede Borough Council

Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council candidates:

  • Advice on electoral deadlines and procedures is available from the Returning Officer’s staff at electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk .
  • A candidate and agent briefing will be held on 2 March at 6pm via Zoom. To register your interest please contact electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk.
  • Nomination papers are available from electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk or the Electoral Commission website.
  • Nomination papers, consent to nominations and home address forms must be delivered by hand to the Civic Centre in Elmbridge on any working day between 9am and 5pm between 23 March and 7 April, and between 9am to 4pm on 8 April.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the 6 May elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

You can register to vote online or contact Electoral Services to request a paper form.

To vote on 6 May you must be registered to vote. If you are unsure whether you are registered contact Electoral Services.

Every registered voter will be sent a poll card at the end of March with information about the election including your polling station. If you have not received a poll card, or you have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote.

Who can vote

To vote at these elections, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish, European Union citizen, or Commonwealth citizen with permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission. Your name must appear on the Register of Electors before you can vote.

Different ways to vote

There are three ways to vote:

  • by post
  • by using a proxy voter
  • in person at a polling station. 

Voting by post

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.  Voters with existing postal voting applications in place will be sent a postal poll card at the end of March with information about the elections.

Dispatch dates of postal votes will be confirmed in due course.  If you have not received your postal vote by 29 April, call 01372 474474 to arrange a replacement.

More information about voting by post including an application form.

Voting by proxy

If you cannot go to the polling station you can apply to vote by proxy before 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.  This means appointing someone else to vote on your behalf at your polling station, unless they apply to vote by post as a proxy before 5pm on 20 April.

More information about voting by proxy, including an application form.    

Voting in person at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you with further information about the election, including a map of your polling station. You do not need to take the poll card with you to vote. Please check where your polling station is located as it may have changed since you last voted.            

How to vote  

Always read the instructions on how to complete the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before. The ballot paper lists the name of each of the parties and candidates along with their party logo (if any).

You will have three ballot papers for these elections.

  • You can vote for one candidate on the Surrey County Council ballot paper, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.
  • You can vote for one candidate on the Elmbridge Borough Council ballot paper, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.
  • The ballot paper for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will have two columns for marking your first and second choice. In the first column, you mark a cross [X] next to the candidate who is your first choice. In the second column, you can mark a cross [X] next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice, but you must mark your first choice for your vote to be counted.

More information is available at the Electoral Commission.

Who is elected

One Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected for Surrey.

Nine County Councillors will be elected to Surrey County Council to represent Elmbridge.

Sixteen Elmbridge Borough Councillors will be elected to Elmbridge Council (one third of the total seats).

Results

The counting of the votes will take place over two days.

On Friday 7 May, the votes for the Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council will be counted.

On Saturday 8 May, the votes for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner will be counted.

The results are expected by late afternoon on each of the days and will be publicised at Election Results. The press and candidates may confirm details of the count venue by contacting Electoral Services directly.

Any press enquiries should be directed to communications@elmbridge.gov.uk.  

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