Newcastle City Council is preparing to hold Covid-safe elections to ensure that everyone can take part safely and confidently. Safety measures in polling stations will be similar to those in shops and other retail outlets, such as the use of face coverings, hand sanitiser, queuing and social distancing. Regular cleaning will take place and voters will be encouraged to bring their own pens or pencils. Together these measures will help to make polling stations safe places to vote.
How to register to vote
The deadline to register to vote for the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held on 6 May 2021 was 19 April 2021. If you wish to register to vote for future elections in 2022 please go to Register to vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
How do I vote?
You can choose which way you want to vote in elections – either in person at a polling station, by post or you can ask some you trust to vote on your behalf (your proxy) by post or in person.
You can vote by post
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the 6 May 2021 elections has now passed. If you wish to apply for a postal vote in future elections in 2022, application forms can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website. Completed forms should be returned to: Electoral Services, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH or can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can vote in person at your allocated polling station.
You will receive a poll card prior to the election telling you where your polling station is located. The poll card also confirms that you are registered to vote so do not need to register again. You do not need to take your poll card with you when you vote but it can help to speed up the process if you do so.
You can ask someone to vote on your behalf at the polling station (your proxy)
Applications to vote by proxy in a future election can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website. Completed forms should be returned to: Electoral Services, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH or can be emailed to: email@example.com
The person you appoint must also be a registered elector to act as your proxy. It must be someone you can trust to vote in accordance with your instructions.
The deadline to apply to vote by proxy in the 6 May 2021 elections is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
Did you know?
You do not need to take your poll card with you when you vote but it can help to speed up the process if you do so.