COVID-19: Elections May 2021

Information and guidance related to the May 2021 elections.

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On 13 March 2020, the Government confirmed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic all local elections due to take place on 7 May 2020 in England and Wales would be postponed for a year until May 2021.

On 6 May, those elections that were scheduled to take place in 2020 will be held alongside those scheduled for this year. This means all eligible voters in England will have a poll of some kind, with many having multiple ballots taking place at once. Elections taking place will include county, district, combined mayoral, local authority mayoral, Greater London Authority, London mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner, alongside other by-elections, polls and referenda.

Councils are working hard to ensure that the elections can take place safely and fairly within the current public health context.

Visit the LGA’s publications on elections

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ico) provide further guidance for the use of personal data in political campaigning. The Government has also published guidance on specific aspects of the electoral process ahead of the May elections:

Case Study : Upholding Human Rights: Promoting the vote for adults with learning disabilities.

Social workers in Bradford are taking part in the Promote the Vote campaign in the run up to local and mayoral elections on May 6th.