Isle of Wight Local Elections May 2021

If want to vote by post, you need to do this now, well ahead of polling day on 6th May 2021.

Claire Shand, electoral registration officer at the Isle of Wight Council, said:

“The elections will take place at a time when COVID-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May.

“We are working hard to ensure polling stations will be safe places to vote, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead. If you are thinking about applying for a postal vote, then please do so as early as possible.

“As preparations continue for the local elections, we remain in close contact with the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote in May.”

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.

To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill out a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to Electoral Services, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.

To request a postal vote application form e-mail electoral.services@iow.gov.uk or call 01983 823380.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote and cancel or make changes to a current postal or proxy vote at this election is 17:00 on 20th April 2021.