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 Elmbridge 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

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 after 5pm on 27 April you are unable to vote in person because you are self isolating as a result of government or medical advice, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.  You can also use this form if your proxy is unable to vote in person because they are self-isolating.  You can apply up to 5pm on 6 May.

The Government has confirmed that COVID-secure election campaigning can go ahead. One to one campaigning outdoors will be allowed from 8 March, such as leafleting and door step canvassing, provided this is socially distanced and not inside people's homes.  From 29 March, the planned provision for six people or two households to meet outdoors will support further outside campaigning.

May 2021 polls delivery plan

Key dates and official notices

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

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 has now passed.  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 has now passed. 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.

Postal votes will be despatched on two dates.  Voters on the postal voting register before 1 March will be sent their postal vote on or around 19 April.  Postal voters who applied between 1 March and the deadline on 20 April will be sent their postal vote week commencing 26 April.  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

The deadline for applying for a temporary or permanent proxy vote has now passed.  However, if after 5pm on 27 April 2021 you are unable to vote in person because: 

  • you have a medical emergency
  • you learn you cannot go to the polling station because of works reasons
  • you or your appointed proxy is self-isolating as a result of government or medical advice 

you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.  Completed applications much reach Electoral Services by 5pm on 6 May.

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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