Voting safely 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Slough will be voting for

  • the Police Crime & Commissioner
  • Local Councillors 

These elections were postponed in May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Making polling stations safe

Arrangements will be put in place to help ensure polling stations are Covid 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.

To vote by post or in person

We are working hard to ensure polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead. 

To bring your own pen or pencil

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 government’s members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help make sure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.

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

Change of circumstance near election day

We want to make sure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic

We will provide more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or if Slough goes into a local lockdown. 

How to vote at the May 2021 elections

If you haven't, then you need to register to vote.

You can then vote:

  1. in person at a polling station
  2. by post - the deadline date to apply for a postal vote or to make any changes to your postal vote is 5pm on the 20 April 2021
  3. by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote - the deadline date is 5pm on the 27 April 2021. Please note the deadline to make any changes to your proxy arrangements is 5pm on the 20 April 2021.

You can find more information on voting at the Electoral Commission's website.