Chelmsford City Council

Key dates and other useful information

You can find out more about how we are running the election on 6 May 2021.


We are following advice from the Electoral Commission and the Director of Public Health at ECC to ensure polling stations are as safe as possible.

We are putting covid-safe measures in place, which you will already be familiar with when shopping. These measures include:

  • face coverings, worn by staff and the public (unless you are exempt)
  • social distancing
  • hand sanitation stations at the entrance of each polling station
  • limited number of people allowed into a polling station at any one time (this may lead to queues at peak times)

We will also introduce some extra measures, such as:

  • encouraging you to bring your own pen/pencil to cast your vote, if you wish
  • asking you to take away your own poll card for disposal, if you bring it with you
  • requiring tellers to station themselves safely outside polling stations (tellers are volunteers from political parties who record turnout)

Our staff will be regularly cleaning the polling station but we will also provide wipes for you to wipe down the polling booth surfaces yourself, if you prefer.

  • Notice of Election published: Friday 19 March 2021
  • Delivery of poll cards: by Thursday 1 April 2021
  • Notice of Agents published: Friday 9 April 2021
  • Statement of Persons nominated: Friday 9 April 2021
  • First issue of postal votes: around Friday 16 April 2021
  • Registration deadline: midnight on Monday 19 April 2021
  • Deadline to apply for postal vote: 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Notice of poll and location of polling stations published: Tuesday 27 April 2021
  • Deadline to apply for proxy vote: 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021
  • Day of polling: Thursday 6 May 2021 (7am to 10pm)
  • The count and declaration of ECC and CCC results: Thursday 6 May 2021 (overnight)
  • The count and declaration of all other results: Saturday 8 May 2021 (afternoon)


To vote in these elections, you must be:

  • registered to vote
  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • one of the following:
    • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
    • resident in the UK
    • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

If you voted in the last election and have not moved or changed your details since, you do not need to register again.

If you are not currently registered to vote, you need to register on the GOV.UK website by midnight on Monday 19 April 2020.

You should receive your poll card for these elections in the week starting 22 April. If you do not receive a card by then, you need to call us on 01256 606449 to check whether you are registered to vote.

You will not need to take your poll card with you on polling day to vote.

We suggest you check your polling station before election day, as it may have changed since the last election. 

You can do so by either:

Postal votes

If you have registered for a postal vote for these elections, we will start sending these out from Friday 16 April.

The deadline to apply for postal vote is Tuesday 20 April 2021.

If you do not receive your postal vote by Thursday 29 April, we can issue you a new postal voting pack but we must receive a signed request.

Proxy votes

You can appoint someone else to cast your vote on your behalf for these elections. This is called a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is Tuesday 27 April 2021. However, if you fall ill or are called away for work after this date, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy.

You can find out more about all these topics, including how to apply or contact us about an issue, on our postal and proxy voting page.

All of our vacancies relating to the election have now been filled, and we are not looking to recruit anyone at present.

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Last updated: 06 May 2021

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