One week left until voters across Great Britain head to the polls
There’s just one week left until voters in every part of Great Britain will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Thursday 6 May.
For those who have chosen to vote in person at a Covid-secure polling station, their experience of voting will be different to previous elections. The Electoral Commission is encouraging voters to make sure they’re ready to vote on 6 May. Voters should remember to:
- Take a face covering and a pen or pencil with them when they vote. If people forget these, there will be spares available for them to use at the polling station
- Clean their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- Maintain a safe distance from other voters and polling station staff
While voting should only take a few minutes, there will be arrangements in place to maintain social distancing at the polling station and staff will be managing the number of people allowed inside at any one time. This might mean that voters will be asked to queue to enter their polling station. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Anyone in the queue at their polling station at 10pm will be able to vote.
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance, Electoral Commission said:
“This year voting in person will look a little different to previous elections. You can help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station. If you are asked to queue, this will be so that you and others can follow the social distancing measures in place so please be patient while you wait for your turn.
“It has always been the case that voters can bring their own pens or pencils to cast their vote, and this year it is encouraged to minimise contact between voters.”
If people are unsure of what to do at the polling station, or need any help, polling station staff will be happy to assist.
If someone becomes unwell or is self-isolating as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, they don’t need to miss out on their vote. Voters will be able to apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day, so someone they trust can vote on their behalf. They can find out how to do this by speaking to their local council.
Further information for voters is available on https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person
Notes to editors
The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
- enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
- regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
- using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency
The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK, Scottish and Welsh parliaments.
Elections taking place in England on 6 May 2021:
- English local government elections (includes polls postponed from May 2020), including elections to county, district and parish councils
- Police and Crime Commissioners (polls postponed from May 2020)
- Combined Authority Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
- Local Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
- Mayor of London and London Assembly (polls postponed from May 2020)
Latest News from
Londoners urged to read ballot papers carefully at 6 May elections to ensure their vote counts28/04/2021 09:25:00
On Thursday 6 May, Londoners will go to the polls to elect a Mayor and 25 London Assembly members, across three ballot papers.
More than one million postal voters registered in Scotland14/04/2021 12:15:00
With the postal vote application deadline now passed in Scotland, provisional figures from Scotland’s Electoral Registration Officers show that 1,010,638 voters are now registered to vote by post at the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May. This accounts for nearly one quarter of the electorate (23.8%) and is the highest number ever registered for a postal vote in Scotland.
Political party donations and loans published for Q4 202004/03/2021 12:43:00
In 2020, political parties registered in Great Britain and Northern Ireland reported accepting a total of £41,627,063 in donations and public funds, according to new figures published by the Electoral Commission.
Government confirms May elections will go ahead08/02/2021 09:15:00
An Electoral Commission spokesperson commented on the UK Government’s statement, confirming that elections in England and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Wales will go ahead in May
New political Commissioner appointed to Electoral Commission27/01/2021 16:10:00
A new Commissioner nominated by smaller political parties has been approved by the House of Commons to serve on the Electoral Commission Board.
Latest UK political party donations and loans published03/12/2020 12:38:00
19 political parties registered in Great Britain and Northern Ireland reported accepting a total of £8,872,538 in donations and public funds in the third quarter of 2020, (July to September) according to figures published by the Electoral Commission.
Helping young people in Wales understand their vote17/11/2020 16:43:00
The Electoral Commission has today launched a brand new set of educational resources for newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year olds in Wales, who are preparing to cast their votes for the first time.
Six months until voters go to the polls in Great Britain09/11/2020 09:10:00
With six months until voters go to the polls on 6 May 2021, the Electoral Commission is sharing details of the preparations already underway for the first set of elections to be held across England, Scotland and Wales in Covid-secure conditions.