LOCAL ELECTIONS: HOW YOU CAN VOTE
On Thursday 6 May, residents in Reading will be voting in Local Borough and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
There are a number of ways to have your say - 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.
To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on 19 April 2021.
How do I register 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 at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/register-vote-and-update-your-details
If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us on 0118 937 3717 or email@example.com
How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?
To 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 need to send it to the Electoral services team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU, or you can email scanned forms to Elections@reading.gov.uk.
If you can’t print the form, contact the Electoral Services Team so that a form can be posted to you.
If you want to vote 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 vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person is often referred to as your proxy. 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 person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote in England and Wales is 5pm on 20 April. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.
If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at Elections@reading.gov.uk
or 0118 937 3717.
Don’t forget that however you choose to vote, you must be registered first.
Is voting in person safe?
Polling stations will be safe places to vote. If you choose to vote in person, you can keep yourself and others safe by:
- wearing a face covering
- bringing your own pencil or pen
- sanitising your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- keeping a safe distance
You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate.