On Thursday 06 May 2021, residents in Oxford can have their say on who represents them at Oxford City Council, at Oxfordshire County Council, and as the Police and Crime Commissioner.
There will also be polls for the Wolvercote Neighbourhood Plan and a parish council by-election in Old Marston.
To vote in these elections, you must be on the electoral register, and Oxford residents are being urged to register in time to vote on 06 May. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 19 April 2021. Oxford City Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.
It takes just five minutes to apply online at the register to vote website.
The City and County Councillors represent your local areas and contribute to policy development in areas like transport, social care or housing. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) oversees Thames Valley Police and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you.
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.
For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 06 May. The City Council is taking additional measures to ensure that social distancing is maintained in polling stations. They will also be installing hand sanitisers and carrying out extra cleaning.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5.00pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote, the deadline is 5.00pm on 27 April 2021.
If you had planned to attend a polling station in person on 06 May to cast your vote, and you, or someone in your household, has tested positive for coronavirus or has symptoms, please do not go to the polling station.
Instead, contact the Elections Office at Oxford City Council as early as possible in the day. They may be able to make emergency arrangements for you to vote by proxy.
For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit the Electoral Commission website.