Forthcoming election and referendum dates

Voting safely at this year’s elections

2021 Elections

Elections for the postponed Police & Crime Commissioner and the scheduled Lincolnshire County Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. In addition there will be some local by-elections.

These elections will be like no other.  We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings. 

Electors are welcome to use their own pen or pencil in the polling station. We are working with Government, members of the electoral community and Public Health teams to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections. Electors can of course choose to vote by post or vote by proxy should they wish and we encourage electors to apply for these sooner rather than later where possible.

If you have not registered at your current property please do so by Monday 19 April 2021, otherwise you will not be able to vote in the elections being held on 6 May 2021. Registering to vote is quick and easy. You may also be interested in our webpage on common elections FAQs. You can download and view an easy read guide to voting in the may local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for these elections is Midnight on Monday 19th April 2021. If you are already registered to vote, then there is no need to register for this election. If you have not registered or have recently moved into the district or perhaps have moved within the area, then the easiest way is to register to vote online at the gov.uk website- Opens in a new window.

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website in the section for Voters- Opens in a new window.

Postal Votes

New applications, amendments or cancellations of existing postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer's office in Sleaford by 5:00pm Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Postal votes will be posted 1st class from around 16 April to those who applied for a postal vote by  mid-March 2021.  For those who applied after this period and up to the deadline to apply which is 20 April, those will be posted 1st class around 23rd April.

Find out more about postal voting.

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Proxy Votes

Amendments or cancellations of existing proxy vote arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer's office in Sleaford by 5:00pm Tuesday 20th April 2021.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer's office in Sleaford by 5:00pm Tuesday 27th April 2021.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy, where the emergency has occurred after 5:00pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer's office in Sleaford by 5:00pm Thursday 6th May 2021. 

The emergency can only be on the grounds of the elector's own physical/medical incapacity or for work/service reasons. 

Find out more about voting by proxy.

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website in the section for Voters.

Differences in the voting system

For the Lincolnshire County Council (cream ballot paper) and other local elections where applicable – in the Quarrington Ward of Sleaford Town Council (lilac ballot paper) and the District Council’s Bassingham & Brant Broughton Ward (pale green ballot paper) – you make only one mark for your one preferred candidate.

For the Police & Crime Commissioner election (white ballot paper), the system is a ‘supplementary voting system’. This entitles you to make a first and second preference selection. You do not have to use both preferences. 

All first preference votes are counted and if a single candidate secures 50% plus one, or more they are elected. 

If no candidate secures a majority, the top two candidates (or three in the event of a tie) continue into a second round and the second preference votes made on the papers of the eliminated candidates are tallied where they apply to the remaining candidates. 

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