Information for voters
Key information for elections scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021
The combination of elections on Thursday 6 May 2021 in the Borough of Eastleigh will be for:
- Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner
- Hampshire County Councillors
- Eastleigh Borough Councillors (all wards apart from West End North & South)
- Parish Council elections for Bishopstoke, Botley and Hamble-le-Rice
- By-election for Allbrook Parish Council
If you have registered for a postal vote, you will receive a postal vote pack containing:
- 1 postal pack containing a ballot paper for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Police area
- 1 combined postal pack containing a ballot paper for the Borough election along with 1 ballot paper for the election of a Hampshire County Councillor (except for West End postal voters who will only receive a single pack containing a Hampshire County Council ballot paper only)
- 1 postal pack for the Parish election (if you are in an area where there are parish elections, and they are contested)
Are you registered to vote?
To be able to vote in these elections, you must be:
- registered to vote;
- 18 or over on 6 May 2021; and
- a UK, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
If you have registered to vote at your property and have not moved since, you do not need to re-register to vote.
If you have moved home recently and have not registered to vote at your new address, you must do so by 11:59pm on Monday 19 April to be able to vote in this election.
There will be 69 polling stations open from 7am-10pm across the Borough and all registered voters will be issued with a poll card.
There have been a number of changes to polling station locations so please check your poll card carefully for the location details of your polling station.
We will be putting in place various social distancing and safety measures at the polling stations, which may include:
- door greeters to monitor numbers in the polling station to aid social distancing and, where possible, separate entrances and exits
- altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but we will ensure that you can still cast your vote in secret
- polling station staff will be wearing PPE
- you will be asked to wear a face covering unless exempt and use hand sanitiser when you enter the polling station
- you will be encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil
- polling booths will be regularly sanitised.
With these measures in place, you may have to wait longer than usual to be able to cast your vote. Busy times in polling stations often include 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm. Trying to avoid these peak times may mean you will wait for a shorter period of time. If you are still queuing at a polling station by 10pm, you will still be able to vote.
If you would prefer to vote by post, you must complete a postal vote application form and return it by:
- email - take a picture and send it to email@example.com; or
- post - send to Freepost EBC Electoral Services (no other detail is required on the envelope).
Due to COVID-19 and the added complexity of vast election combinations, please complete and submit the application as early as possible to allow time for it to be processed and for the postal vote to be issued as quickly as possible.