Newcastle City Council is preparing to hold Covid-safe elections to ensure that everyone can take part safely and confidently. Safety measures, such as face coverings, hand sanitiser and social distancing, will be in place to make polling stations safe places to vote and voters will be encouraged to bring their own pens. Voters concerned about going to a polling station can apply for a postal vote, or ask someone to vote on their behalf by proxy. Please see detail below. This page will be updated regularly with more information.
How to register to vote
To register to vote for the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held on 6 May 2021 please go to Register to vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The deadline to register to vote in the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.
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
Applications to vote by post 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to complete an application form and provide your signature and date of birth. These details will be checked against the postal vote statement you need to submit with your ballot paper(s) to ensure that they match and are valid. If you have trouble signing your name consistently you can contact Electoral Services who can advise you how to vote by post in these circumstances.
The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
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.
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.