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Voting in the 2021 local elections

There are a number of ways to have your say in May. You can vote:

  • in person at your polling station
  • by post
  • by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote

To vote in the elections, you must first be registered to vote. This can be done online in just 5 minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or you can download the relevant forms.

You must be registered to vote before midnight on Monday 19 April 2021 to be able to vote on Thursday 6 May 2021.

How can I apply to vote by post?

To apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to:

The Electoral Services Team, Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5HZ

Alternatively you can email it to elections@warwickdc.gov.uk 

Your postal vote application must be received before 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

Is voting by post safe?

Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.

You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided previously to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

How postal votes will be issued

Postal votes will be dispatched in 2 issues. The first issue of postal ballot paper packs will be sent out on 19 April 2021 to anyone who had a postal vote in place on 21 March 2021.

Postal packs for electors who were registered to vote by 19 April and whose application to vote by post was receive between 22 March and 5pm on 20 April will be sent out on 26 April.

Depending on which electoral area you live in, you may receive more than one postal vote pack.

If you live with the town of Royal Leamington Spa or the village of Radford Semele, you will receive 2 postal vote packs:

  • one containing the Warwickshire County Council ballot paper (Lilac) and the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot paper (yellow)
  • a separate pack containing the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum ballot paper (Peach)

If you live with the town of Royal Leamington Spa and within the Royal Leamington Spa Brunswick Town ward, you will receive 3 postal vote packs:

  • one containing the Warwickshire County Council ballot paper (Lilac) and the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot paper (yellow)
  • a separate pack containing the Town Council ballot paper (Green)
  • a separate pack containing the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum ballot paper (Peach)

If you live with the town of Royal Leamington Spa and within the Leamington Clarendon District ward, you will receive 3 postal vote packs:

  • one containing the Warwickshire County Council ballot paper (Lilac) and the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot paper (yellow)
  • a separate pack containing the District Council ballot paper (White)
  • a separate pack containing the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum ballot paper (Peach)

If you live within the Kenilworth St. John’s Town ward you will receive 2 postal vote packs:

  • one containing the Warwickshire County Council ballot paper (Lilac) and the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot paper (yellow)
  • a separate pack containing the Town Council ballot paper (Green)

For more information visit the Electoral Commission about how to register to vote and how to apply to vote by post or proxy at these elections. You can contact the Electoral Services Team via email: elections@warwickdc.gov.uk or call 01926 456105.

How can I apply to vote by proxy?

If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person and send it to:

The Electoral Services Team, Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5HZ

Alternatively you can email it to elections@warwickdc.gov.uk 

Your proxy vote application must be received before 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

What if I'm ill on the day or going to be away on business?

Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity or due to employment reasons, where that physical incapacity or reason of employment occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Warwick District Council at the address above by 5 pm on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

Replacement ballot papers

Contact the Electoral Services Team (elections@warwickdc.gov.uk or 01926 456105) if you spoil or lose your postal ballot paper. You can get a replacement up to 5pm on election day (6 May 2021).

You must collect it in person. If you spoiled your ballot paper, please bring:

  • the spoiled paper
  • the rest of the ballot pack that was sent to you

Poll cards

Poll cards will be dispatched in 2 issues. The first issue on 22 March will be sent to all electors who were registered to vote by 15 March 2021.

A Property Poll card will be sent to properties with no electors currently registered, giving details on how to register in time to vote on 6 May.

Poll cards for electors who registered to vote between 16 March and by midnight on 19 April will be sent out on 27 April 2021.