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Elections due to be held in May 2021

Elections will take place in May for some vacant local seats and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Notices of vacancy

The following are notices of vacancy for Allerdale Borough Council:

Notice of vacancy Aspatria ward 88.0 KB

Notice of vacancy Christchurch ward 88.5 KB

Notice of vacancy Ellen & Gilcrux ward 88.5 KB

Notice of vacancy Seaton and Northside ward 88.5 KB

Notice of vacancy St John's ward 88.0 KB

The following are notices of vacancy for Cumbria County Council:

Notice of vacancy for St Johns division 88.5 KB

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 website of the Electoral Commission .

What elections are being held?

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Allerdale will go 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. 

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

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.  

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.

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 in England and Wales is 5pm on 20 April, and 5pm on 6 April in Scotland. 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 .   

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 1702.

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. Call us on our election line number: 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. 

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.  

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.