I have received my poll card for the polling station, but I have applied to vote by post

If you have already received a poll card to vote at the polling station, your registration for a postal vote now replaces that. You will receive a letter to notify you when your postal vote application has been processed. This means you will not be able to vote in person at the polling station. If you change your mind, the deadline to cancel your postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

For those that have applied to vote by post by the first week of April, you will be sent your postal pack around mid-April.

For those who have applied to vote by post in April, you will be sent your postal vote around 27 April. 

May 2021 Election FAQs

On Thursday 6 May 2021, there will be Local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral elections taking place in Wolverhampton

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 the 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. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: When is the election? What elections are taking place?

A: On Thursday 6 May, residents in Wolverhampton will be voting for Police and Crime Commissioner, Combined Authority Mayoral elections and local elections. These elections will be held in May 2021 after being postponed in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Q: How can I vote at the May 2021 elections? 

A: 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. 

Q: How can I apply to vote by post or proxy? 

A: 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 (if you are not already registered), which can be done online in just 5 minutes. You can register at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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 email a scanned copy to Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk or post to: Electoral Services, Civic Centre, City of Wolverhampton Council, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG

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 proxy vote application form can also be scanned and emailed to Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk or post to: Electoral Services, Civic Centre, City of Wolverhampton Council, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

Q: How do I register to vote?

A: 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 at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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

Q: When are the deadlines for applications and registration?

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to register in time for these elections is 11:59pm on Monday 19th April.

The deadline to apply for a new postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021.

Q: Is voting by post safe?

A: 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.

Q: How are you making polling stations safe?

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

COVID-19 measures at polling stations

  • Fewer voters allowed in the polling station at one time
  • Covid marshals on hand
  • Separate entrances and exits where possible 
  • Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but still ensuring electors can cast their vote in secret 
  • Polling station staff wearing PPE 
  • Voters asked to wear face covering where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station 
  • Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil 
  • Polling booths regularly sanitised. 

These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote. Busy times in polling stations often include 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm. Trying to avoid these peak times may mean voters have to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queuing to vote at a polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote. 

Q: Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?

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

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

Q: Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person? 

A: We are 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. 

Q: What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown? 

A: 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 if Wolverhampton is under local lockdown restrictions.  

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: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter

Q: How do I express my interest to work at the elections?

A: You can find out more information about the election roles available and to sign up to the staff database here.

Q: Are the elections on 6 May being postponed?

A: The elections are scheduled to go ahead as planned on 6 May. We are working hard to ensure that they can proceed effectively, including that polling stations will be safe places to vote. Any decision to postpone the polls would be for the UK Government to make and be subject to parliamentary approval. 

Q: Do you think they can go ahead in the current circumstances?

A: The Electoral Commission has developed a set of election objectives with the UK’s governments, political parties and electoral administrators, to ensure the elections can be delivered safely and successfully.

We are working with the UK’s governments, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to ensure that voters can cast their votes safely at the elections on 6 May 2021. These preparations allow for a range of restriction levels in May.

We are also putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. Voters can expect many of the measures they’ve become used to over recent months, such as the use of hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.



Electoral registration

Q: I’ve moved addresses in Wolverhampton/out of the area


A: You can re-register online and input your previous address during the process.

Q: I want to change my name on the register


A: The elections team will need to see a copy of either a deed poll/marriage certificate/overseas marriage certificate/amended birth certificate. They will accept copies of these by post or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Q: I’ve changed my nationality


A: The elections team will need to see a copy of a passport or certificate of naturalisation. They will accept copies of these by post or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Voting at an election

Q. Can I vote in this election?

A. All verified electors who registered before the registration deadline can vote in that election. For more information please visit – Elections and Voting.

Q. Can I vote online?

A. No, you can only vote at the polling station, via post or your appointed proxy can vote at the polling station on your behalf.

Q. Can I vote for someone else?

A. You can only vote on someone’s behalf if you have been appointed as their proxy. You must be a registered elector. Voting on someone’s behalf, if you are not nominated as their proxy, is a criminal offence.

Q. I’ve not received my poll card

A. It may be the poll card is still out for delivery and has not been delivered by Royal Mail. The poll card is for information purposes only and is not required for an elector to cast their vote. To find out your polling station and elector number please contact Electoral Services

Q. Can I bring my dog/children to a polling station?

A. Yes, however dogs should be kept a leash and must not be disruptive.

Q. What time do the polling stations open?

A. Polling stations are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm on polling day.

Q. Do I need ID at the Polling Station?

A. No, you do not need ID in Wolverhampton to cast your vote.

Q. Can I use my own pen in the polling station?

A. Yes.


Voting systems

PCC and CAM Elections Voting system 

If there are only two candidates, the first past the post system is used and the candidate who polls the most votes is declared the winner.

For three or more candidates, the supplementary vote system is used. Voters can make a first and second choice. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, only the top two candidates go through to a second round of counting. If the first choice candidate on a ballot paper is eliminated, and the second choice is for one of the top two, then the second choice is also counted. If there is a referendum, the voter has two options to choose from. 

Local Elections Voting System          

These elections use the first past the post voting system. Voters cast their vote for a candidate of their choice – or candidates where more than one seat is up for election on the same ballot paper - and the candidate/s with the most votes wins. If there is a referendum, the voter has two options to choose from.

Postal Vote

Q. I want to apply for a postal vote

A. You can apply for a postal vote up until the elections deadline – For more information please visit Voting By Post.

The Elections team will accept completed applications by post, handed into the Civic Centre or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Q. I want to cancel my postal vote

A. You will need to complete a cancellation form. You can cancel or make changes to your postal vote up until the elections deadline

Q. Due to disability/injury I am unable to write my signature

A. The elections team can offer a waiver form. This needs to be returned to the elections team before the elections deadline.

Q. If you have not received your postal ballot or it is lost or spoilt?

A. Please contact Electoral Services. This can be reissued with a replacement postal ballot. The last day to reissue replacement postal ballots is 5pm on polling day

Q. Can I deliver my postal ballot to a polling station?

A. Yes, you can deliver your completed postal ballot paper pack to any polling station in Wolverhampton including the polling station in the Civic Centre which will be open on the polling day between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

Q. Can I hand my postal ballot paper into the Civic Centre?

A. Yes, during normal working hours at main reception. 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM on polling day.


 

Proxy Vote

Q. I want to apply for a proxy vote

A. You will need to complete a proxy application form nominating someone to vote on your behalf, the proxy must be a registered elector.

For more information please visit Voting By Proxy.

The Elections team will accept completed proxy forms by post, handed into the Civic Centre or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Q. Who can be my proxy/Can I be a proxy for someone?

A. A registered elector can be a proxy for no more than two people unless they are a close relative.

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