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Until Polls Open on 6th May 2021

We'll keep you updated if the pandemic changes this!

Until Polls Open on 6th May 2021

We'll keep you updated if the pandemic changes this!

WHAT ELECTIONS ARE TAKING PLACE?

In the Scottish Parliament Elections you’ll be voting for an MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) to represent your constituency.

 

The Scottish Parliament has power over many of the issues that matter to you, such as Healthcare, Education, and Transport by voting you can help to decide who will be making decisions about these important policy matters.

 

Learn more about the Scottish Parliament

The Senedd (Welsh Parliament – formerly known as the Welsh Assembly) is based in Cardiff Bay, and has power in a number of devolved areas, most notably health, education, housing, and transport. It is made up of 60 Assembly Members (AMs), some of whom belong to the Welsh Government.

 

In Welsh Parliament elections you’re voting for an AM to represent your constituency, the political party who have the AMs elected will from the Welsh Government.

 

Learn more about the Senedd (Welsh Parliament)

In local elections you are electing a councillor(s) to represent your neighbourhood on the local council.

 

Your local council has an impact on many of the services you see and use every day, including housing, transport and public spaces. Choices made by the council will have visible impacts on your community, make sure that you’ve been part of choosing who makes these decisions.

 

Learn more about the English Local Elections

There are several regional/metro mayors up for election this year.

 

Combined Authority Mayoral Elections: Cambridgeshire and PeterboroughGreater ManchesterLiverpool City RegionTees ValleyWest MidlandsWest of EnglandWest Yorkshire.

 

Single Authority Mayoral Elections: Bristol, Doncaster, Liverpool, North Tyneside, Salford

The London Assembly is one of the components (along with the Mayor of London) that make up the Greater London Authority. The Assembly scrutinises the work of the Mayor and holds the power to amend the Mayor’s budget and reject ‘Mayoral strategies’ (policy objectives).

 

They are also responsible for overseeing important issues for Londoners such as transport, policing and the environment.

Learn more about the Mayor of London or the London Assembly

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives with responsibility for policing in each police area in England and Wales. Each police area (except for Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the elected mayor is responsible) elects a commissioner every four years.

 

Learn more about Police & Crime Commissioners

In the Scottish Parliament Elections you’ll be voting for an MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) to represent your constituency.

 

The Scottish Parliament has power over many of the issues that matter to you, such as Healthcare, Education, and Transport by voting you can help to decide who will be making decisions about these important policy matters.

 

Learn more about the Scottish Parliament

The Senedd (Welsh Parliament – formerly known as the Welsh Assembly) is based in Cardiff Bay, and has power in a number of devolved areas, most notably health, education, housing, and transport. It is made up of 60 Assembly Members (AMs), some of whom belong to the Welsh Government.

 

In Welsh Parliament elections you’re voting for an AM to represent your constituency, the political party who have the AMs elected will from the Welsh Government.

 

Learn more about the Senedd (Welsh Parliament)

In local elections you are electing a councillor(s) to represent your neighbourhood on the local council.

 

Your local council has an impact on many of the services you see and use every day, including housing, transport and public spaces. Choices made by the council will have visible impacts on your community, make sure that you’ve been part of choosing who makes these decisions.

 

Learn more about the English Local Elections

There are several regional/metro mayors up for election this year.

 

Combined Authority Mayoral Elections: Cambridgeshire and PeterboroughGreater ManchesterLiverpool City RegionTees ValleyWest MidlandsWest of EnglandWest Yorkshire.

 

Single Authority Mayoral Elections: Bristol, Doncaster, Liverpool, North Tyneside, Salford

The London Assembly is one of the components (along with the Mayor of London) that make up the Greater London Authority. The Assembly scrutinises the work of the Mayor and holds the power to amend the Mayor’s budget and reject ‘Mayoral strategies’ (policy objectives).

 

They are also responsible for overseeing important issues for Londoners such as transport, policing and the environment.

 

Learn more about the Mayor of London or the London Assembly

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives with responsibility for policing in each police area in England and Wales. Each police area (except for Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the elected mayor is responsible) elects a commissioner every four years.

 

Learn more about Police & Crime Commissioners

If you want to vote in the May elections, you must be registered to vote by 19th April.

It takes just five minutes – all you need is your name, address, and NI number.

Election FAQs

If registered to vote, you will receive a polling card in the post a few weeks before the election it will have details of your polling station, (or you can find it here). Polling stations open from 7am – 10pm on the day of the election. 

 

You can also register for a proxy or postal vote, if you cannot go to a polling station on election day.

 

Learn more about how to vote.

If you don’t vote you have not shown preference for anyone standing in the election, or any side in a referendum campaign. Your vote will not be counted for either side or directly affect the result.

 

Learn more about what happens if you don’t vote.

Voting is an important part of the political process, it’s your chance to have your say about the future of your community or the country. However what happens if you don’t agree with any of the candidates available to you? Spoiling your ballot is one way to show your dissatisfaction.

 

Learn more about spoiling your ballot, and how to do it.

Living in a safe seat doesn’t necessarily mean your vote won’t make a difference.

 

In 2017 there were 14.5m non voters, that’s more potential votes than any one party received. If all of these people went to the polling station, then the outcome could be very different – even in constituencies seen as ‘safe’.

 

See a full list of reasons why voting in a safe seat is still important.

When you vote in an election you’re voting for a candidate to represent your area. Many candidates are part of a political party, these are organisations made up of candidates and supporters who all have fairly similar beliefs.

 

However these groups usually incorporate a range of opinions, so candidates may not agree with every single thing their political party says and does. To get a more accurate idea of what your local candidates stand for it is best to contact them directly.

 

Learn more about the major political parties.

Yes, just add the election to your calendar of choice using the tool below. It’ll then be in your diary and you’ll be reminded a few days before.

 

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TURNOUT IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS

While recent General Elections have seen turnout of at least 70%, other elections fall well short of that. Increasing turnout ensures elected representatives are held to account, and the final results better reflect the views of the people whose lives their decisions will impact.

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