On Thursday 6 May, residents in East Devon will be voting for Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon County Council and casual elections in some towns and parishes after having been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government confirmed on 5 February 2021 that the polls will go ahead as planned on Thursday 6 May 2021.
We are working hard with the 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 at: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the elections and what elections are taking place?
On Thursday 6 May, residents in East Devon will be voting for Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon County Council and casual elections in some towns and parishes, after having been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
You can see the current list of postponed elections and referendums here.
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
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.
How do I register to vote?
It is now too later to register to vote in the elections on 6 May 2021.
How can I apply to vote by post?
It is now too late to apply to vote by post in the elections on 6 May 2021.
How can I apply to vote by proxy?
The deadline for applying for a normal proxy has now passed. If you have a medical or employment emergency that means you won't be able to make to the polling station, and you learnt about this emergency after 5pm on 27 April 2021, please call us on 01395 517402 to request an emergency proxy application.
If after 5pm on 27 April 2021 you learn that you have Covid-19, or you have to self isolate as you have been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19, please contact us on 01395 517402 to request a Covid Proxy application.
If you are eligible to apply for either of the emergency proxy's listed above, we must receive your application by 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Is voting by post safe?
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.
How are you making polling stations safe?
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.
As we prepare for the elections we will make sure that we are following the most up to date guidance.
Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?
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.
Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?
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. You can apply now up to 11 working days before the day of election.
What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown?
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 need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.