6 May 2021 elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Suffolk will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Suffolk County Council and as their Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. In addition, there will be a number of local council by-elections.

Suffolk County Council

The next scheduled elections for Suffolk County Councillors are due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. This gives the chance for the public to elect their representative on Suffolk County Council for the next four years.

For more information visit Suffolk County Council elections 6 May 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner

The next election for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) is due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. This election was rescheduled from Thursday 7 May 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the third time these elections have been staged across England and Wales. It gives the public their chance to decide who should be accountable in their area for how crime is tackled locally. PCCs are elected every four years. One Police and Crime Commissioner is to be elected for Suffolk in 2021.

This election is coordinated and run by the Police Area Returning Officer for Suffolk, based at East Suffolk Council. For more information visit: Suffolk PARO - 2021 election

By-elections

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, elections could not be held until the 6 May 2021. On 6 May, there will be by-elections held for district, parish and town council seats.

For more information visit by-elections 6 May 2021

Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan

On the 6 May 2021 a referendum will be held on the neighbourhood plan for the Great Barton neighbourhood area.

For more information visit: Neighbourhood Planning in Great Barton

Register to vote

To be eligible to vote in the elections on the 6 May 2021, you must be on the electoral register. For more information, please visit: Register to vote

Voter registration deadlines

To vote in the election on 6 May 2021 your completed application to register must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monday 19 April 2021

To vote by post in the elections on 6 May 2021 your completed form must be received by the Registration Office no later than 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

To vote by proxy in the elections on 6 May 2021 your completed form must be received by the Registration Office no later than 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

How to vote

There are several ways for registered electors to have a say at the elections in May:

  • vote in person at your polling station,
  • vote by post, or
  • appoint a trusted person to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

Voting at a polling station

With the impact of COVID-19 likely to continue this year, we offer our reassurances that COVID-19 secure measures will be in place at every polling station. You can expect to see many measures you have become used to in shops over recent months:

  • Regular cleaning by staff throughout polling day
  • Additional staff on site at busier polling stations to assist with socially distanced queues and managing entry to the polling station
  • Tape and floor markers to establish one-way systems where possible
  • Additional signage with public health guidelines and reminders
  • Hand sanitisers supplied at entry and exit points, and within the polling station
  • Face coverings.

Vote by post

If you would prefer to vote by post rather than at your polling station then you can apply for a postal vote. Please print, complete and return a postal vote application form to us.

Completed applications can be photographed or scanned and returned via email to elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk or return completed applications by post to:

Electoral Services
West Suffolk Council
West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk P33 3YU

Vote by proxy

Alternatively, there is an option to appoint a trusted person to vote on your behalf; this is known as a proxy vote. You can ask anyone to act as your proxy as long as they are registered to vote and are eligible to vote in that election.

Application forms to appoint a proxy can be found at Electoral Commission - Voting by proxy

Completed applications can be photographed or scanned and returned via email to elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk or return completed applications by post to:

Electoral Services
West Suffolk Council
West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3YU

For more information relating to how you can vote visit How to vote

For any further queries with the 6 May 2021 elections, that are not answered on this page, please contact the West Suffolk Council Elections team on 01284 757131 or email elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk