On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Huntingdonshire will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them. We have been preparing for Covid-safe elections and have taken steps to help you take part safely and confidently. We will update this page with further information as it becomes available.

Further information can also be found on the website of the Electoral Commission.

This page was last updated on 25 February 2021.

On Thursday 6 May, residents in Huntingdonshire will be voting in the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayoral and Cambridgeshire County Council elections. The Police and Crime Commissioner election will be held in May after being postponed in May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on 19 April 2021.

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 at GOV.UK.

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 need to send it to the electoral services team at Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TN or email it to elections@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

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.

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.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote in England and Wales is 5pm on 20 April. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.

If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at elections@huntingdonshire.gov.uk.

Don’t forget that however you choose to vote, you must be registered first.

When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.

You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. When you return your postal voting pack you will again be asked for your signature and date of birth, and these will be checked against those you have already provided in order 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.

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 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.

If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of COVID-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone you trust can vote on your behalf. Speak to the electoral registration team at your local council who will tell you what you need to do to arrange this.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minutes to register and you can do this online.

If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms.

Polling stations will be safe places to vote. If you choose to vote in person, you can keep yourself and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering

  • bringing your own pen or pencil

  • cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station

  • keeping a safe distance.

You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

We will continue to follow the most up to date public health guidance as we prepare for the elections, and will update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

Yes, you should bring your own pen and pencil to minimise contact.

There will be clean pencils available at the polling station if you forget to bring your own.

Polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead if you wish.

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will 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. You can find more information on the Electoral Commission website.