Elections 2021 - Sedgemoor District Council
This page details what is taking place on Thursday 6th May 2021
On Thursday 6th May, 2021, Sedgemoor residents will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at various elections: the postponed Police Crime Commissioner Election, Burnham on Sea Town Council, Burnham Central Ward by election as well as Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Planning Referendum.
To see information on the polls being held click here: Elections 2021
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
There are a number of ways to have your say in May - 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.
How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?
To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes by following this link: Register to Vote
If you're thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It's easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter or by contacting us directly.
Apply to vote by post:
Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021. If you are given a postal vote, you will not be able to vote in person at this election.
Apply to vote by proxy:
This means someone else can vote on your behalf. Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021. If you appoint a proxy, you can vote if you wish, but only if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf and has not got a postal vote for you.
If after 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021 you are unable to vote in person because of a work or medical emergency, or because you are self isolating, you can apply for an emergency proxy. To find out how to apply, call us immediately.
Is voting by post safe?
Yes, voting by post is safe. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.
You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.
Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.
Where is my polling station?
Polling station list:
You can find your polling station by entering your post code here:
How are you making polling stations safe?
We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are 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 learn more about voting in person, check out the Electoral Commissions short clip: What to expect when voting in person on 6 May in England
Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?
Yes, you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil.
If you have any queries regarding your right to vote, please contact a member of the Elections Team by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0300 303 7800.
Pre-election guidance for Elected Members and Local Authority Staff
The Notice of Election will be formally published on 22 March 2021 for the Police Crime Commissioner election as well a by election ay Burnham on Sea and Highbridge Town Council (Central Ward).
The formal legal restrictions will apply to Council actions from 22 March 2021 until the close of polls on 6 May 2021. This pre-election period has often been referred to in the past as "Purdah".
It is important that you understand the implications of the pre-election period and the restrictions in broad terms, in order to ensure that neither the Council nor you personally are put at risk of challenge or prosecution.
You should bear in mind that even during the period before 22 March 2021, the conduct of all Council business may become increasingly politicised and come under greater scrutiny as the elections approach. In practice, we are already working in the pre-election period which is also known as the 'period of sensitivity'.
More information can be found here: Local Government Association: A Short guide to publicity during the pre-election period