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By-election: Fellgate and Hedworth ward: 29 July 2021


  1. Overview
  2. Register to vote
  3. Vote by post
  4. Vote at a polling station
  5. Ask someone to vote on your behalf (proxy vote)
  6. If you need to self-isolate
  7. Information for prospective candidates and agents
  8. Timetable
  9. Notices


There will be a by-election in the Fellgate and Hedworth ward on 29 July 2021.

See the results as they come in: Fellgate and Hedworth By-Election results.

Register to vote 

The last day to register to vote for this election was midnight on Tuesday 13 July 2021. 

Vote by post

If you're registered to vote by post, you will get your postal voting pack from Wednesday 14 July.

See how to vote by post.

Apply to vote by post

It is too late to apply to vote by post at this election.  If you cannot get to your polling station on 29 July you can apply to vote by proxy.

Vote at a polling station

Poll cards will be delivered between 24 June and 1 July. Your poll card will show the address of your polling station.

Or, go to find your polling station.

When voting at a polling station, we ask that you:

  • wear a face covering (unless exempt)
  • bring your own pen
  • sanitise your hands
  • keep a distance from others

Ask someone else to vote on your behalf (proxy vote)

If you're unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

Apply for a proxy vote

If you want to vote by proxy on 29 July, your application form must arrive at the local Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on Wednesday 21 July.

Return your application form to the Elections Office by either:

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

You can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on election day (Thursday 29 July).

If you need to self-isolate

If you vote at a polling station and you test positive for COVID-19, or need to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive, you can apply for a proxy vote.

The deadline for normal proxy applications is 5pm on Wednesday 21 July. 

If you are told to self-isolate after the normal deadline you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on election day (Thursday 29 July).

More about proxy votes.

Information for prospective candidates and agents

Information for people who intend to stand as a candidate or act as an election agent:

Information for prospective candidates and agents


Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 24 June
Delivery of poll cards Thursday 24 June to Thursday 1 July
First day for receipt of nominations Thursday 24 June
Deadline for the receipt of nominations4pmFriday 2 July
Deadline for withdrawal of nomination4pmFriday 2 July
Deadline for notification of appointment of election agent4pmFriday 2 July
Publication of first interim election notice of alteration Friday 2 July
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated4pmMonday 5 July
Candidates Briefing Session - Online via Zoom5.30pmWednesday 7 July
Deadline for receiving applications for registration Tuesday 13 July
Publication of second interim election notice of alteration Tuesday 13 July
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by post, or to change existing postal vote details (e.g. cancellation, redirection, etc.)5pmWednesday 14 July
Royal Mail begin delivering postal voting packs Wednesday 14 July
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday 21 July
Deadline for new proxy applications (except for emergency proxies)5pmWednesday 21 July
Deadline for appointment of counting agents, polling agents and agents to attend the opening of postal votes Thursday 22 July
Publication of final election notice of alteration Thursday 22 July
First day for requests to replace lost or spoilt postal votes Friday 23 July
Polling Day7am to 10pmThursday 29 July
Postal Vote Opening Session - Temple Park Centre (start time provisional)2pmThursday 29 July
Deadline to issue replacement spoilt or lost ballot papers5pmThursday 29 July
Deadline for emergency proxy applications5pmThursday 29 July
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error9pmThursday 29 July
Verification and Count begins at Temple Park Centre10pmThursday 29 July
Deadline for receipt of election expenses Friday 3 September
Deadline for declaration as to candidates expenses Friday 10 September


Notice of Poll - 21 July 2021

Notice of election agents' names and offices - 2 July 2021

Statement of persons nominated - 2 July 2021

Notice of election - 24 June 2021

Notice of casual vacancy - 11 June 2021

List of candidates at the close of nominations


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