Elections and voting



Elections on 6 May

Elections will go ahead as planned on 6 May 2021. Additional measures will be in place to ensure your safety.

Contacting electoral services: Our electoral services team are now all working remotely and can be contacted by email or by telephone.

Poll cards

Poll cards are being sent around the 19 March to all households with registered voters.  If you have not received a poll card by the 1 April it may be because you have not registered to vote at your address especially if you have moved within the last 6 months.  Make sure you are registered by the legal deadline of Monday 19 April (midnight). 


Latest elections

► County Council and Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner elections for Essex - Thursday 6 May 2021 

► Notices of vacancies on parish councils

Notice of vacancy - District Ward of Newport

► Notice of vacancy - District Ward of The Sampfords


Other information

Who can I vote for

Standing for local elections

►   Safety precautions at polling stations

Community Governance Review of Parishes 2021

► Registering to vote

► Voting in person, postal and proxy voting

► Polling stations and polling districts

►   Working on the poll

► Annual canvass

► Past election results

► Electoral register

Parliamentary Constituencies Boundary Review 2023

Electoral boundary maps

Electoral Services Privacy Notice


Safety precautions at polling stations for May 2021

This year, for the safety of voters and polling officials the voting experience will be a little different. We are taking all reasonable practicable measures to make polling venues as safe as possible for our voters and staff based on national and local guidance:

  • You will need to wear a face covering, unless you are exempt
  • There may be a one way system in your station
  • You may experience a small queue
  • Please bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper - though the usual pencil will be provided if you don't
  • If you do not already have one, and have any concerns or problem with attending in person, apply for a postal vote NOW
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands and respect social distancing
  • Try and avoid busy times of the day such as between 6pm and 8pm and bear in mind that schools used as polling stations may still be open so try and avoid the start and end of the school day

Government guidance says:

  • voting is a permitted, lawful reason to leave your house during general restrictions
  • premises and business can open for the purposes of voting, counting of votes or associated activities
  • Test and Trace is not required for polling stations 

Working on the poll

We are looking for people to work as canvass staff, poll clerks and presiding officers and to help with counting votes. If you are interested in becoming involved we would love to hear from you. You can find out more on our Casual election staff page.

Go straight to our other related services

► Petitions

► General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019

► Electoral registration frequently asked questions

Additional information

► Notice of publication of alteration of the Register of Electors