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Voting safely in the 2021 elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Sandwell will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them. Anyone who is registered to vote will be able to vote for a local councillor, as well as their preferred candidate in the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The elections are taking place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. We will have various measures in place to ensure polling stations are safe places to vote.

Further information can also be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Frequently asked questions

When is the election? What elections are taking place?

On Thursday 6 May, residents in Sandwell will be voting for a local councillor, as well as their preferred candidates in the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Some wards (Old Warley, Rowley and Wednesbury South) have two councillor vacancies, so you will be asked to select two candidates on your ballot paper if you live in these wards.

These elections were postponed in May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

How are you making polling stations safe?

We have put 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.

  • When you vote at a polling station, you must wear a face covering (unless you have a medical exemption).
  • You must keep two metres from other people.
  • Please bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper. If you don't bring one, a pencil will be provided.
  • You don't need to bring your polling card. If you do, you will be asked to take it home with you.
  • You may need to queue outside as fewer people will be allowed inside the polling station at a time.
  • Polling stations will also be cleaned regularly before opening and throughout the day.

Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?

Please bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot papers and take it away with you. If you forget to bring one, you will be provided with a pencil which will then be disposed of.

What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate? 

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. You must not attend a polling station if you have Covid-19 symptoms, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or if you have been told to self-isolate.

To apply for a proxy vote in an emergency so someone else can vote on your behalf (for example, if you are having to self isolate due to Covid-19) complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person and return it to electoral_services@sandwell.gov.uk by 5pm on polling day (Thursday 6 May 2021).