8th February 2021

Voting safely in May

The UK government has recently confirmed that local elections will take place in May 2021 as planned.

On 6 May, registered voters will be asked to elect:

  • Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner

  • Unitary councillors

  • Town and Parish councillors

In order to minimise disruption and risk to those not yet vaccinated against Covid-19, Wiltshire Council’s Returning Officer is urging people to register to vote by post.

You can do this by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

If you have not already registered to vote, you should first visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone unable to print a postal vote application form at home (necessary as a signature is required), should call Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0112 to arrange for a copy to be posted out.

Wiltshire Council have given assurance that they will also do everything they can to keep polling stations and count centres as safe as possible for voters and staff by making sure venues are COVID-secure, for those who do prefer to vote in person, and to keep everyone safe, the verification and counts will be spread over four days.

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council’s Chief Executive, and Returning Officer, said:

“It’s vital to our way of life that we live in a democratic county and we don’t want to let the pandemic get in the way of that. I urge everyone to vote by post if they can. We don’t know what the picture will be in the spring, but we know some people will understandably be reluctant to visit a polling station, even though we will make them COVID-secure. Voting by post is the easiest and safest way to have your say.”

To find out more about upcoming elections and related information, visit Wiltshire Council’s election pages.