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Voting

This section provides you with more information on voting, why you should vote, how to register and different ways to vote, including by proxy or post.


Why you should vote

It's important to register to vote and use your vote as it gives you a say on who represents you on local matters such as:

  • how your council tax is spent
  • health and social care for you and your family
  • your community
  • local services like libraries
  • looking after the countryside
  • protecting your rights through trading standards
  • your roads, pavements and rights of way
  • your child's education

Next election

The next county council election is due to take place on 6 May 2021.

Key dates are:

  • registration to vote deadline – Monday 19 April 2021
  • postal voting applications deadline and deadline for cancellation or amendment of existing postal votes – 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • deadline for new applications to vote by proxy – Tuesday 27 April 2021

The government also recently announced a planned amendment to emergency proxy voting rules which will allow people who are having to self-isolate due to coronavirus to apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on election day. You must still be registered to vote to apply for this.

Find out more about voting in your local area on polling day from your district or borough council: