Local elections are coming

31 March 2021

Polling station sign

Local elections are being held across the UK on 6 May 2021. They include county and local elections in Oxfordshire, and local elections in Swindon, along with elections for police commissioners. Find out more about local elections on The Electoral Commission website.

Registration and voting

As a student you are able to vote in a local election if you are a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK, aged 18 or over, and are registered to vote.

You can register at both your home address and your term-time address. To register to vote please visit the GOV.UK website by 19 April 2021. You can check if you are registered to vote with your local Electoral Registration Office on this Gov.uk webpage

If your home and term-time addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas.

If you are unable to vote on the day, you can ask a trusted person to go along and vote on your behalf (voting by proxy). Visit the Electoral Commission - Voting by proxy website for a form.

You can also apply for a postal vote. Visit The Electoral Commission - Voting by post website for a form. 

Covid-secure measures

Covid-secure measures will be in place at polling stations including socially distanced queues and hand sanitisers. You’ll need to wear a face covering when inside (unless exempt) and you’re encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil. You’ll also need to clean your hands before going in and leaving.

Important dates

  • Deadline for registrations to vote - 19 April at 11.59pm.
  • Deadline for applying for a postal vote - 20 April at 5.00pm.
  • Deadline for completed applications to vote by proxy - 27 April at 5.00pm.
  • Deadline for postal vote to be received by the local authority (or to change or cancel an existing arrangement) - 6 May at 10.00pm