Keeping you safe when you vote in the May 2021 elections
Arrangements are being put in place to help you stay safe while casting your vote in the elections on 6 May 2021.
At the polling station you can expect many of the measures you have become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as wearing a face mask, use of hand sanitiser and floor markings.
If you are thinking about voting by post or by proxy, please apply early to make sure your application is processed as soon as possible.
Any residents who have questions can contact their local elections team by email at email@example.com or call the team on 0151 691 8046.
Voting in person
If you are on the electoral register and eligible to vote, you will receive a poll card before the election. This will tell you when and where to vote. On the day of the election you will need to go in person to a polling station to vote. Polling stations are normally open from 7am to 10pm.
Voting by post
Anyone who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote. The postal vote is sent directly to you before the day of the election.
You will need to return your postal vote by post before the deadline given.
The deadline for receipt of applications to vote by post for the elections on Thursday 6 May is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April though you should apply as soon as possible.
Postal Vote Priority Post Boxes
Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes which have late collection times with 98% of them having a collection time after 4pm.
In many cases these Priority Post Boxes also have an earlier collection as well and of the 35,000 Priority Post Boxes, 15,000 of them will have a collection between 3pm and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Voting by proxy
Proxy voting means you appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on election day. Your chosen proxy must also be registered to vote.
To vote by proxy you have to give a reason, for example if you are away on holiday or on business. The proxy vote will only be valid for the current election.
The deadline for receipt of proxy applications for the elections on Thursday 6 May is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April though you should apply as soon as possible.
Emergency proxy applications
You can apply for an emergency proxy if:
- you have a medical emergency after the deadline that means you cannot go to the polling station in person
- your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline
To apply for an emergency proxy vote call Wirral Council on 0151 691 8046.
How to vote if you have been made a proxy
You will be sent a proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote. When you get to the polling station, the staff will tell you what to do.
British citizens living abroad cannot vote in a local government election. Service Voters and Crown Servants stationed overseas can vote in a local government election.
Armed forces voters posted abroad
Service personnel and their spouses or civil partners posted abroad can register to vote online.
You can register at the address in the UK where you would be living if not posted overseas or at an address where you have lived in the past.
Armed forces voters posted elsewhere in the UK
Service personnel and their spouses or civil partners can register to vote online.
Methods of voting for armed forces personnel
Service voters and their spouses or civil partners can vote in person or can opt to vote by post or proxy.
Postal votes are usually sent out about 10 days before polling day. If you are living abroad it is advisable that you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as there is unlikely to be enough time for postal votes to reach you and be sent back before close of poll.