Elections 2021: Make sure you're registered to vote

Elections taking place in Uttlesford on 6 May have formally been declared in Uttlesford.

Voters will be taking to the polls to elect the Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Essex County Council members, two seats of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) - in the Newport and The Sampfords wards - and some parish councils. The Notices of Election were published on Friday (19 March).

Those looking to stand in the elections now have until 4pm on Thursday 8 April to submit their nomination to be included on the ballot papers on polling day. Advice for potential candidates can be found at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/standingforelections.

To vote in the elections people must be on the electoral register. The deadline for voter registration for the upcoming elections is Monday 19 April - although residents are urged to act now. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or call the UDC Elections team on 01799 510510.

Ahead of the election, voters are urged to consider how they may cast their ballot on polling day.

Polling stations will be open and operating in a Covid-secure way - details of the measures that will be taken to keep both voters and polling officials safe can be found at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/elections#pollsafety.

Residents who want to vote by post, rather than at a polling station, are being encouraged to apply early, with the deadline for applications 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

Applications for proxy votes - where you know you will be away on polling day or have accessibility issues and give permission for someone else to vote on your behalf - must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.

For those who are already registered to vote, poll cards have already started to be issued. Although you do not need these to vote, residents are urged to check the details - especially as their polling station may have changed from the last elections.

Go to the elections homepage for further information about the upcoming elections.

22 March 2021