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UK elections 2021: Can I vote by proxy? How to get emergency proxy

On Thursday, May 6, citizens will elect 143 English local councils, 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 60 Members of the Welsh Senedd, 39 Police and Crime Commissioners, 25 London Assembly seats and 13 directly-elected mayors. Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm and social distancing measures will be in place.

Can you vote by proxy?

If you can’t vote in person – for example, if you’re self-isolating – someone can vote for you.

You can tell them who to vote for on your behalf – this is called proxy voting.

You can no longer apply for standard proxy voting on May 6, but you can still apply for an emergency proxy subject to certain criteria.

READ MORE: What to do if you haven’t got a polling card

You need to fill in one of the following forms:

An ‘appropriate person’ (for example your employer or a doctor) must sign the application form.

You then need to send it to your local Electoral Registration Office, which you can find here.

When will we know the results?

After polls close, ballot boxes are taken to counting centres. Counting staff will sort through millions of votes.

Despite the sheer size of the election, the need to make the process of vote counting Covid-secure will mean results take longer than usual.

Different safety measures will be needed in different counting venues, which range from fitness centres to town halls, so speed will vary across the country.

Some results might emerge overnight on Thursday, including the only Westminster by-election – in Hartlepool.

Welsh Parliament results could be complete by the end of Friday.

Scottish Parliament, English councils and London results could be announced on Saturday as well.

You might have to wait until Monday to hear the results for Police and Crime Commissioners.


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