Elections voting

Voting in elections and referendums

Registering to vote

To have your say, you will need to register to vote. If you are registering to vote for the first time you can do this online at www.gov.uk/registertovote 

If you have recently moved or you are not sure if you are registered, you should contact our Electoral Services team on 01327 871100 or email electoralservices.ddc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Deadline: The deadline to register to vote in the elections on 6 May 2021 is Monday, 19 April 2021.


Vote in person

You can vote in person at your designated polling station from 7am to 10pm on election day, Thursday 6 May. 

Details of your polling station will appear on the poll card that will be sent out to you a few weeks before the elections. 

If you lose or forget your poll card you will still be able to vote without it, but it is easier if you have it with you. 

Please wear a mask when voting in a polling station. A range of measures have been put in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 at polling stations


Vote by post

If you are 18 or over and on the electoral register, you can apply for a postal vote. To do so you must complete a Postal Vote Application Form and return it to the Council. 

Postal vote packs are sent out about 10 to 15 days before Polling Day. They must be completed and returned by 10pm on the day of the election.

To request an application form for a postal vote email electoralservices.ddc@westnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 871100.

Deadline: You must submit your application for a postal vote by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April in order to vote by post in the elections on 6 May 2021


Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station, for example if you are working away, on holiday abroad, or fall ill.

To arrange a proxy vote you must complete an application form and return it to the Council. To request an application form for a proxy vote email electoralservices.ddc@westnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 871100.

Deadline: You must submit your application for a proxy vote by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April in order to vote by proxy in the elections on 6 May 2021.

Please note: If you fall ill or are called away on business after this date, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on 6 May. However this would have to be attested by a doctor or manager.