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Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections - 6 May 2021


  1. Overview
  2. Letters from the Council - February 2021
  3. Register to vote
  4. Vote by post
  5. How to vote
  6. Safety during the coronavirus pandemic
  7. If you need to self-isolate or if there are local lockdown restrictions
  8. Working at the elections


The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

These were postponed in May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We are working with the government, Electoral Commission, wider electoral community and public health authorities to make sure you can stay safe when voting during the coronavirus pandemic. For information about voting visit Electoral Commission.

Letters from the Council - February 2021

During February 2021, we are writing to all households in South Tyneside to make sure eligible people are registered in time for the May 2021 elections.

When you get the letter, please: 

  1. check the names of those who are registered at the address
  2. if any of the details are wrong, or if anyone is missing from the list, follow the instructions in the letter and respond straight away, either online or by phone

In the current circumstances, we encourage you to apply to vote by post.  

Postal vote application forms are included with the letters for people who do not already vote by post. If you want to vote by post, please apply as soon as possible. This will make sure your application is processed early, and means we can send the postal votes out more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

Register to vote

Deadline for registering to vote

For the election on 6 May 2021, you must register to vote by Monday 19 April 2021.

How to register to vote

Register online at: 

GOV.UK: Register to vote

If you don't have access to the internet, phone us on 0191 427 7000. We can complete your application over the phone.

More about registering to vote.

Vote by post

To vote by post in the May 2021 elections, you must get your application form to us by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

To apply for a postal vote: 

  1. Complete the below application form by hand (we cannot accept a digital signature)
  2. Return to us by post, or email a scanned copy 

Application forms:

  • If you are registered to vote in South Tyneside, and you are not already a postal voter, you will get a postal vote application form delivered to you in February 2021
  • Or, download and print the application form to vote by post107.5KB (complete by hand - we cannot accept a digital signature)
  • Or, ask us to post an application form to you - email or call 0191 427 7000

Return your application form to us by either:

  • Post: Elections Office, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL
  • Email a scanned copy to:

Please apply as soon as possible so that we can process your application early.

How to vote

You can vote:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf (proxy vote)

Find out more about how to vote.

Safety during the coronavirus pandemic

We are making changes to help make sure polling stations are safe places to vote:

  • adding hand sanitisers in all polling stations
  • displaying signs to help people keep a safe distance
  • face coverings will be needed

We are working with public health authorities to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance.

Guidance around the need to bring your own pen or pencil is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own.

If you need to self-isolate or if there are local lockdown restrictions

We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote can still vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

We will give more information nearer the time on how to vote if you need to self-isolate, or if South Tyneside has local lockdown restrictions.

Working at the elections

At every election, the Returning Officer must appoint staff to:

  • work at polling stations
  • count the votes at the close of poll 
  • open postal votes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are also looking to appoint Polling Marshals to help manage queues and support social distancing at our polling stations.  This is a new role for this year only and we are looking for people who are friendly and enjoy interacting with the public.

To work at the elections you must: 

  • be a minimum of 16 years of age (however there are restrictions on the number of hours anyone under 18 can work)
  • have a National Insurance number
  • be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996) proof must be provided before you will be offered work
  • be flexible and be prepared to work long and sometimes unsociable hours (polling and count staff)

We cannot employ anyone who is currently working on behalf of a candidate or political party during the election campaign. If you are related to a prospective candidate, or current councillor you must include their name on your application form.

Apply to work at the elections

We're looking for people who are hard-working, enthusiastic and learn quickly. 

If you would like to apply for a role working at this year's elections and be added to our database for future elections:

If you need the application form in a different format, contact the Elections team by email at or call 0191 427 7000.

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