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Elections in May 2021

Elections for the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and by-elections for some local government seats were held on 6 May 2021. Find out more about the elections and the local by-election results as they come in.

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Elections held on 6 May 2021

Elections took place on 6 May 2021 for some vacant local seats and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

What elections were held?

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Allerdale went to the polls to have their say on who represents them in some borough and parish council seats, and as their Police and Crime Commissioner. 

The following by-elections were held on 6 May 2021.

  • Aspatria ward for Allerdale Borough Council
  • Christchurch ward for Allerdale Borough Council
  • Ellen & Gilcrux ward for Allerdale Borough Council
  • Seaton & Northside ward for Allerdale Borough Council
  • St John’s ward for Allerdale Borough Council
  • St John’s and Great Clifton Cumbria County Council division
  • Cockermouth North Cumbria County Council division

There were also by elections on 6 May for four Workington town council seats:

  • Salterbeck ward
  • St John's ward (two seats)
  • Stainburn ward

Results of the elections

The count for the by-elections was being held on 7 May 2021. The count for the Police and Crime Commissioner will be held on 10 May 2021

Results of the local by-elections

As the government is consulting on Local Government Reorganisation it has postponed elections for Cumbria County Council. However, there were still be elections for vacant seats on Cumbria County Council.

Need to contact us about something?

Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team by email or on 0303 123 1731.  

Who is standing for election?

The Statement of Persons Nominated detail who is standing for election:

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election

Statement of Persons Nominated for the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election

Cumbria County Council division by-elections

Statement of Persons Nominated for St John's and Great Clifton Cumbria County Council division

Statement of Persons Nominated for the Cockermouth North Cumbria County Council division

Allerdale Borough Council by-elections

Statement of Persons Nominated Aspatria ward

Statement of Persons Nominated Christchurch ward

Statement of Persons Nominated Ellen and Gilcrux ward

Statement of Persons Nominated Seaton and Northside ward

Statement of Persons Nominated St John's ward

Workington Town Council by-elections

Statement of Persons Nominated Workington Town Council Salterbeck ward

Statement of Persons Nominated Workington Town Council St John's ward

Statement of Persons Nominated Workington Town Council Stainburn ward

Elections and coronavirus

The elections are being held at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May. This means we cannot currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with the UK government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote next May. 

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available. Further information can also be found on the Electoral Commission website  .

Frequently asked questions about the election process for the May 2021 polls

On Thursday 6 May, residents in Allerdale will be voting in local elections where there are vacancies , as well as in the Police and Crime Commissioner poll. The Police and Crime Commissioner will be held in May after being postponed in May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Elections for Cumbria County Council have been postponed due to the government's consultation on local government reorganisation in Cumbria. However, elections for any vacant seats on Cumbria County Council will continue to be held. 

There are a number of ways to have your say in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.  The deadline to apply for a postal vote has now passed.

The postal vote packs are being sent out from 19 April 2021. So check your post. Depending on where you live, you may get one or two packs. All postal voters will receive a pack for the Police and Crime Commissioner election. The second pack will contain any by-election ballot papers and information if they are being held in your area. Please compete the postal voting statement for each pack when you return it to us.

Please note that if you only recently applied for a postal vote you may be part of the second print run. However, we shall get a pack to you in time for the election.

If you have not received your postal vote as expected, please contact the elections team on 0303 123 1731.

Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself. 

You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity. 

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote. 

Completing a postal vote is easy, but you need to ensure you do it correctly so that your vote is counted. Full instructions are also on the paper.

For this election we are sending separate postal vote packs for the Police and Crime Commissioner and local by-elections. Therefore, depending on your area, you may receive one pack, or two. Please ensure you complete all the necessary details for each pack.

What is in your postal vote pack?

  • A document called a postal voting statement for your signature and date of birth, which includes an attached envelope marked "Envelope A"
  • Your ballot paper
  • An envelope marked "Envelope B"

Completing the postal vote

  1. Put your signature within the space provided on the postal voting statement, and complete the section giving your date of birth
  2. Mark your ballot paper for the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Check the ballot paper for instructions on how to do this, and how many candidates you can vote for.
  3. Place your ballot paper(s) in the envelope attached to the postal voting statement which is marked "Envelope A". Seal this envelope. You can fold the ballot papers if it makes it easier.
  4. Put the the completed postal voting statement and Envelope A into the envelope marked "Envelope B" and post this back to us. (Your postal vote can be handed in at a polling station on polling day if you forget to post it in time. However this must be done before 10pm.)

 

There are two types of election on 6 May:

  • Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • Local by-elections for some county council, borough council, and town council seats.

All eligible voters will be able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Some voters will also have the opportunity to vote in the by-elections depending on where they live.

Recognising the type of election by the ballot paper

The ballot paper will say which election it relates to. The ballot papers are also different colours. They are:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections ballot papers are white
  • Cumbria County Council elections ballot papers are lilac
  • Allerdale Borough Council elections ballot papers are yellow
  • Workington Town Council election ballot papers are green

How to vote in the elections?

In the Police and Crime Commissioner elections you get two votes - a first and second preference vote. This is because it uses the supplementary vote system. Mark, with an "x" in the correct column for your first preference candidate, and the correct column for your second preference candidate.

Check the ballot papers for the local by-elections for the number of votes you can cast in that ward. Mark with an "x" for your chosen candidate(s).

 

 

We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.  

If you choose to vote in person, you can keep yourself and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing your own pen or pencil
  • cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

We will continue to follow the most up to date public health guidance as we prepare for the elections, and will update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We are working with the UK’s governments, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling station are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.  

We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.  

If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone you trust can vote on your behalf. Speak to our electoral registration team who will tell you what you need to do to arrange this.

You need to do this before 5pm on the day of the election.

Call us on our election line number: 0303 123 1731.

We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you live in an area under local lockdown.  

All those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, are advised to take precautionary shielding measures. We therefore want to provide the right information for you to make the right decision on how to vote.

Polling stations will be open on 6 May and will have safety measures in place; so should you wish, you will be able to vote in person. If voting in person, you are encouraged to keep yourself and others safe at the polling station by: 

  • Wearing a face covering  
  • Bringing your own pen or pencil 
  • Cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station  
  • Keeping a safe distance 

If you would prefer not to do so, though, there are different ways to vote – you can vote by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote. If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at 0303 123 1731. 

Voting by post  

If you want to vote by post, please apply now . This will help us to send you your postal vote more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.  

Please download, print and fill in a postal vote application form on the web page.  You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature. This is a security measure, used to confirm your identity when you send in your completed postal voting pack. This information does not affect the secrecy of your vote.  

Once you have completed the form and signed it, send it to the electoral services team at your local council/the Electoral Registration Officer for your area at Allerdale House in Workington

The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on 20 April. 

If you register to vote by post, we will send you the postal voting pack which will include your ballot paper(s) and instructions for how to complete and return your vote. 

Further information, and the necessary forms, can be found on the website of the Electoral Commission  .

Proxy voting 

If you aren’t able to 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. They 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. Once you have completed the form and signed it, send it to the electoral services team at your local council at our Allerdale House office

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 27 April 2021.

Further information, and the necessary forms, can be found on the website of the Electoral Commission  .

Where is my polling station?

If you have registered to vote, you will receive a poll card through the post from us. It will tell you where your polling station is. Make sure you check your poll card before heading out to vote, in case your polling station has changed since you last voted. You can also find out where your polling station is on , by entering your postcode.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm. You can vote at any time within this window. And don’t forget, you need to go to your designated polling station; you can’t go to a different one, for example, near where you work. 

Will there be safety measures in place at the polling station?

Yes, polling stations will be safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops or other indoor spaces, such as social distancing and hand sanitiser.

Do I need to take anything with me?

You can help keep yourself and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering 
  • bringing your own pen or pencil
  • cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

Can I still vote if I develop Covid symptoms? 

If you become unwell or are self-isolating as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote. 

You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day, so someone you can trust can vote on your behalf. You can arrange it by speaking to <insert details of electoral registration team at the council>. 

What if I forget my face covering, or to bring a pen or pencil?

You should bring your own pen or pencil, in order to minimise contact. You should also wear a face covering so that you can keep yourself, and others, safe on polling day.

If you forget to bring these with you, polling station staff will have spare face coverings and clean pencils available for you. You will not be prevented from entering the polling station if you forget these things.  

How long will it take?

It should only take a few minutes to vote. We have put arrangements in place to help maintain social distancing within the polling station. This means you may have to queue to enter. If you are asked to queue, please be patient and we will work to enable you to vote as quickly as possible.

If you are still in a queue waiting to vote at 10pm, you will be able to vote before the polls close.

What happens when I get there?

Polling station staff will be on hand to greet you and invite you in as soon as polls open at 7am. There will be markers on the floor that will show you which way to go and help you maintain social distancing. Staff will also point out the public health measures that you should follow whilst you’re in the polling station. 

The staff will give you a ballot paper listing who you can vote for. Depending on the elections taking place in your area, you may have more than one ballot paper to complete.

Take your ballot paper into a polling booth. There will be a shelf for you to lean and write on. Use your own pen or pencil, or if you forgot to bring one, ask the poll clerks for a clean one.   

How do I complete the ballot paper? 

Take your time: read the ballot paper carefully and complete it in line with the instructions.

Don't write anything else on the paper, or your vote may not be counted. 

If you make a mistake, don't worry – as long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can give you a replacement ballot paper.

What do I do with the ballot paper then? 

Once you're done, fold your completed ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. This will be on the desk beside the poll clerks.

If you’re voting in the London Mayoral and London Assembly elections, you shouldn’t fold the completed ballot paper before putting it in the ballot box. This is because the process of counting the votes for those elections is done via electronic counting. 

What if I need help?

If you're not sure what to do, or need any help, just ask the staff at the polling station – they will be happy to assist you.

What if I have access issues?

If you have a disability which means you can't fill in the ballot paper yourself, you can ask the presiding officer – the person in charge of the polling station - to mark the ballot paper for you, or you can take someone along with you to help you.

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a large print ballot paper to refer to when you cast your vote, or a special tactile voting device that is designed so you can mark your ballot paper on your own. 

Should I tell anyone who I voted for?

Your vote is yours and yours alone: you do not need to tell anyone how you voted. 

Exit polls are sometimes conducted, where people – usually private companies working for  or  – ask voters leaving the polling station who they voted for to help them predict what the outcome might be. You do not need to respond to their questions if you don’t want to.

Political discussion is not allowed inside and immediately around the polling station and staff will ask you to stop so that there’s no risk of influencing other voters. If you want to debate your vote with friends or family, do it away from the polling station.

What are ‘tellers’? Why are they asking for the number on my poll card?

You might see people outside the polling station who ask you for the number on your poll card. These people are called 'tellers', and are volunteering on behalf of candidates or parties. They will use the information you give them to check who has voted, and to remind people who haven't yet voted, to do so.

They are allowed to be there and to ask for the information, but you don't have to give them any information if you don't want to. If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to a member of staff at the polling station.

Can I take selfies or other photos while I’m voting?

You shouldn’t take photos inside the polling station as it might put the secrecy of the ballot at risk.

You are more than welcome to take photos outside the polling station and share them on social media to encourage your friends and family to vote. 

Can I take my friend / partner / children / parents / dog?

You can go along to the polling station with whomever you like, but only those registered to vote at that station will be able to go inside. You must not be accompanied into the polling booth by another adult, unless you have a disability, in which case you can take someone in to help you, or you can ask one of the polling station staff for their help.

Children are welcome at polling stations. While your child must not mark the ballot paper for you, you will be allowed to take them into the polling booth with you. 

Animals, apart from assistance dogs, are not usually allowed inside polling stations, so will need to be secured outside if you do decide to take them with you. 

To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote , which can be done online in just 5 minutes.

The deadline to register to vote in the elections on 6 May 2021, was midnight on 19 April 2021 and therefore has now passed.

To then 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 Allerdale Borough Council

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed. 

If you aren't 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 postal vote is 5pm on 20 April. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.

If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at 0303 123 1731.

Don’t forget that however you choose to vote, you must be registered first.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minutes to register and you can do this online .

If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms from the Electoral Commission website .   

The deadline to register to vote in the May 6 elections was midnight on 19 April 2021 and therefore has now passed.

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us on 0303 123 1731.

MENCAP in association with the Electoral Commission has produced an easy-read guide to the elections.

Download the easy-read guide to the elections

 

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