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In England, depending on the area in which you live, you could be asked to elect local councillors, a police and crime commissioner, and/or the mayor in your local area. Those living in Scotland and Wales will elect their MPs to their respective parliaments – Holyrood and the Senedd. This will be the largest set of local elections since the Government was reorganised in 1973, and most people in the UK will be asked to participate in at least one vote. The Hartlepool by-election will also take place on May 6 as a replacement is sought for Labour MP Mike Hill.
The elections taking place:
- English local councils
- Police and Crime Commissioners
- London Assembly
- Scottish Parliament
- Welsh Senedd
- Directly-elected mayors
The deadline to register to vote in these elections this year is April 19.
You can opt to vote in-person at a polling station, by post or by proxy vote.
Proxy vote means you can nominate someone to go and vote on your behalf.
The deadline to register for postal votes is 5pm on April 21 in England and Wales.
In Scotland, the deadline for postal ballots has already passed on April 6 at 5pm.
If you choose to vote in person, social distancing will be in place and you will be encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil.
Due to COVID-19, everything is likely to take a little bit longer as a number of safety measures are still in place.
Vote count is expected to take longer than normal as well, so local election results won’t be known straight away.
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To locate all the votes taking place in your area, you can find out here.
In terms of where you will be voting, that depends on where you live.
You will be sent a polling card in the post before the election takes place.
This will tell you where you should go to vote in-person, and if you haven’t got one, contact your local council.
If you haven’t registered to vote yet and would like to, you can do so here.
You only need to register once, not for every election.
But you will need to register again if you have changed your name, address or nationality.
To register you must be:
A British Citizen
An Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
A commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who doesn’t need permission
Aged 18 or over
A citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who doesn’t need permission
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