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6 May 2021 elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Luton will go to the polls to have their say on:

Covid-19

The elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May. 

This means we cannot currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with UK government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote next May.

Registration deadlines for the 6 May elections 2021

How can I vote at the 6 May 2021 elections?

There are a number of ways to have your say in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote. See more about how to vote here​

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Elector FAQs

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On Thursday 6 May, residents in Luton will be voting for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. 

We're also holding local by-elections to elect a councillor for the High Town ward and a councillor for the Round Green ward.

This elections will be held in May 2021 after being postponed in May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes. You can register to vote here.

To then 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 can scan or photograph the completed form and email a copy to [email protected].

Alternatively you can post it to:

    Electoral Registration Officer
    Luton Council
    Town Hall
    George Street
    Luton
    LU1 2BQ

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.

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.

Complete this form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. Register online here - it takes 5 minutes.

If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post - download postal voting forms here

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'll 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 before 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.

We're putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

We'll continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we're following the most up to date guidance. We'll continue to update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you're always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We're working with the UK’s governments, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling station are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.

We'll update this page with new information as it becomes available.

We're working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We'll be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.

You do have different options for voting at the May 2021 elections – you can vote in person, by post or by proxy. Find more information on your voting options here.

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PCC election - nominations

On Thursday 6 May 2020 you'll be able to go to the polls to elect a police and crime commissioner for Bedfordshire.

Luton is the lead authority in Bedfordshire for this election. If you wish to stand as a candidate then you'll need to submit your nomination paper by 4pm on 8 April 2021.​

Timetable

  • Publication of notice of election: Monday 29 March
  • Delivery of nomination papers: between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for delivery of nomination papers: 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Publication of statement of persons nominated: not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April
  • Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent: Wednesday 28 April
  • Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents,  counting agents and sub agents: Wednesday 28 April
  • Polling day: 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May​

Counting of the votes cast in Luton will take place at Inspire Luton Sports Village on Friday 6 May. The police area returning officer (PARO) will make the final declaration of the result for the whole of Bedfordshire.

PCC useful links

Bedfordshire PCC website

  1. Information for candidates and agents​
    Candidate guide overview
    Timetable
  2. Part 1 - Can you stand for election?
    Election address factsheet for candidates and agents
  3. Part 2a - Standing as an independent
    Part 2b - Standing as a party candidate
    Nomination pack
  4. Polling agent appointment form
    Postal voting agent appointment form
    Counting agent appointment form
  5. Part 3 - Spending and donations
    Candidate return explanatory notes
    Candidate spending return
    Candidate’s declaration
    Agent declaration
  6. Candidate election address factsheet
    Election address template​
  7. Part 4 - The campaign
    Register request form
    Absent voters' list request form
  8. Code of conduct for campaigners
    Tellers' guidance
    Secrecy requirements - the poll
    Secrecy requirements - postal voting
    Secrecy requirements - the count
  9. Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events
    Polling agent appointment form
    Postal voting agent appointment form
    Counting agent appointment form
  10. Part 6 - After the declaration of result

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Local by-elections (Round Green and High Town) - nominations

On 6 May 2021, residents who live in Round Green and High Town wards will be able to vote for their local councillor in a by-election.

Timetable

  • Publication of notice of election​Monday 29 March
  • Delivery of nomination papers: between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for delivery of nomination papers: 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Publication of statement of persons nominated: not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April
  • Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent: Wednesday 28 April
  • Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents,  counting agents and sub agents: Wednesday 28 April
  • Polling day: 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May​

Counting of the votes cast in Luton will take place at Inspire Luton Sports Village on Friday 6 May.

Local by-election useful links

  1. Information for candidates and agents​ - coming soon
    Candidate guide overview
    Timetable
  2. Part 1 - Can you stand for election?
  3. Part 2a - Standing as an independent
    Part 2b - Standing as a party candidate
    Nomination pack
  4. Polling agent appointment form
    Postal voting agent appointment form
    Counting agent appointment form
  5. Part 3 - Spending and donations
    Candidate spending return
    Candidate’s declaration
    Agent declaration
  6. Part 4 - The campaign
    Register request form
    Absent voters' list request form​
  7. Code of conduct for campaigners
    Tellers' guidance
    Secrecy requirements - the poll
    Secrecy requirements - postal voting
    Secrecy requirements - the count​

  8. Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events
    Polling agent appointment form
    Postal voting agent appointment form
    Counting agent appointment form
  9. Part 6 - After the declaration of result​

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Working at an election

If you would like to work at an election, you can contact us to register your interest. We are always on the lookout for people with good customer skills to help during the elections period.

You can find out about current election staffing vacancies by clicking on the button below.

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