Elections - May 2021
Elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will now take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
These elections will be held at a time when coronavirus still presents a risk to public health and a challenge to the holding of elections. The situation is likely to change over the coming weeks so we can't currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with central government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote this year.
Across the Wokingham Borough Council area residents will be voting for their Police and Crime Commissioner, and in some areas for their Borough Councillor. There are also some scheduled Parish council elections and 2 Town council by-elections.
Elections are scheduled in the following Borough and Parish Wards:
Scheduled Borough Wards (1 seat per ward):
- Bulmershe and Whitegates
- Finchampstead North
- Finchampstead South
- Maiden Erlegh
- Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe
- Shinfield South
- Wokingham Without
Parish / Town Council scheduled elections:
- Finchampstead Parish Council - Lower Wokingham Ward (2 seats), North Ward (7 seats) and South Ward (8 seats)
- St Nicholas Hurst Parish Council - Ashridge Ward (1 seat), Davis Street (1 seat) and Village Ward (8 seats)
- Charvil Parish Council (10 seats)
- Ruscombe Parish Council (8 seats)
- Wokingham Town Council Wescott West Ward (1 seat)
- Woodley Town Council Coronation East Ward (1 seat)
Who can vote at these elections?
You can vote if you're a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen, aged 18 or over on the day of the election, and are registered to vote within our area. We will send a poll card to everyone eligible to vote around 29 March 2021, providing details of your current voting arrangements.
How can I vote?
You can vote in a polling station, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy.
The forms can be returned by emailing a scanned copy, or photograph, of the completed form to email@example.com.
Alternatively, they can be sent by post to: The Electoral Registration Officer, FREEPOST RTKL-JXUU-TLUB, Wokingham, RG40 1GY.
See below the legal deadlines for us to receive the completed forms:
Key dates are:
- Monday 29 March: Publication of Notice of Election
- 10am to 4pm, Tuesday 30 March to Thursday 8 April (weekdays only): Submission of nominations
- By 4pm, Friday 9 April: Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated
- 11:59pm, Monday 19 April: Registration deadline
- 5pm, Tuesday 20 April: Postal / Postal Proxy deadline
- 5pm, Tuesday 27 April: Proxy deadline
- After 5pm Tuesday 27 April to 5pm, Thursday 6 May: Emergency proxy applications accepted
- 7am to 10pm Thursday 6 May: Polling Day
- Friday 7 May: Verification of all ballot papers
- Saturday 8 May: Count for Borough elections
- Monday 10 May: Count for PCC election
Timings for verification and counts will be confirmed nearer the time.
How do I stand for election?
Our nomination packs will be made available on this page during the week commencing 8 March 2021. You can also download them from the Electoral Commission website.
Nominations will be accepted from the day after we publish the Notice of Election. The deadline to submit a completed nomination will be at 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.
Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the address shown on the Notice of Election and they will only be accepted between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Fridays (not including Bank Holidays).
If there is due to be a change to any of the forms by legislation, these forms will be shown as unavailable on the Electoral Commission website when you try to access them. Because of these changes, you should not use any nomination forms that have been issued for past elections.
Join our online briefing session
We will be holding an online briefing to cover the nomination process on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 6pm via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to the briefing.
A further online briefing will be made available for validly nominated candidates and their agents (if appointed) and the details will be confirmed in due course. The briefing will cover electoral integrity, polling day, postal votes, the verification and count arrangements along with post-election activities.
If you have any questions not covered by the information provided by the Electoral Commission, email@example.com
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
Our colleagues at Cherwell District Council are the lead authority for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. Visit the Cherwell District Council website for details about standing as a candidate, submitting nomination papers, and links to Electoral Commission guidance.