Frequently asked questions
How do I register to vote?
To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minutes to register and you can do this online on the Government Register to Vote website (opens in new window).
If you're unable to register online, call the Electoral Services team and they will send you a form. Their helpline is 01623 463345.
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.
Can I vote as usual at the polling station?
Yes, you can vote at the polling station as usual. However, please check if your polling station has changed as we have had to find many alternatives this year if buildings are not available or if they prevent schools from opening.
You can find out where your polling station is by checking your poll card or entering your postcode at https://www.mansfield.gov.uk/WhereToVote
How can I apply to vote by post?
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. You can register on the Government Register to Vote website (opens in new window).
Once you are registered to vote or if you are already registered to vote, then you can apply to vote by post - you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form (opens in new window). Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the Electoral Registration Officer for the area where you are registered to vote. For Mansfield District Council residents the address is the Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield NG19 7BH.
If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.
Go to the Electoral Commission website (opens in new window) for more information.
Is voting by post safe?
Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. 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.
How can I apply to vote by proxy?
If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy (opens in new window), explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.
For more information go to the Electoral Commission website (opens in new window)
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, keep a safe distance from other voters and the staff in the polling station. You will be required to wear a face covering in the polling station, unless you are exempt.
Please be patient at the polling station as there will be restrictions as you may have to queue depending on how many voters can enter at any one time. There will be marshals to help and direct you when you visit the station.
Can I bring my own pen or pencil?
You are encouraged to use your own pen or pencil but single use pencils will be available in the polling station when you visit.
Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?
We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.
What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown?
We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.
You have different options for voting at the May 2021 elections. You can:
- vote in person
- vote by post
- vote by proxy.
You can find more information on the Electoral Commission website (opens in new window).