Police & Crime Commissioner and Hampshire County Council Elections on 6 May 2021

The next elections will be held in Test Valley on Thursday 6 May 2021. It will be a combined poll including the postponed Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Hampshire and the Hampshire County Council scheduled elections.  There will also be Test Valley Borough Council by-elections in the Chilworth Nursling & Rownhams, Andover St Mary's and Andover Millway Wards, as well as a number of Town and Parish Council by-elections. 

In addition, there will be Neighbourhood Planning Referendums held for Charlton, Chilbolton, Thruxton and Upper Clatford.  Further information about these can be found on the relevant Neighbourhood Planning page.

The Statement of Persons Nominated for the Borough and Parish elections, along with Notices of Uncontested Elections have now been published and can be accessed from the Documents section of this page.

The Police Area Returning Officer for Hampshire is Mark Heath at Southampton City Council and more information about these elections can be found on their website.  From 15 April, you will be able to find out information on the candidates standing for election in the Hampshire police area by visiting the Choose my PCC website.  You will also be able to download a PDF booklet of the candidate details or you can ring 0800 196 2170 to request a copy to be delivered to you.

The County Returning Officer is John Coughlin at Hampshire County Council and more information about these elections can be found on their website.

Casting your vote safely during COVID-19

These elections will be like no other.  We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are as safe as they can be. You can expect many of the measures you have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, social distancing, one way systems where possible and the requirement to wear face coverings.  Electors are also encouraged to use their own pen or pencil in the polling station. We are working with Government, members of the electoral community and Public Health teams to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections. 

Electors can of course choose to vote by post or proxy should they wish and we encourage electors to apply for these sooner rather than later where possible.  Further information on how to apply for an absent vote can be found further down the page.

Register to vote

In order to vote in these elections, you need to be registered on the Register of Electors and you must be:

  • Resident in the Test Valley area on the date of the election;
  • A British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union;
  • 18 years old or over.

If you are an eligible elector and you are already on the Register of Electors for Test Valley, you do not need to re-register for these elections.  Information on how to register can be found here. The deadline for applying to register for voting in this election is Monday 19 April 2021.

Details of where your polling station is located will be found on your poll card, which will be sent out towards the end of March 2021.  Plans are already underway to ensure that electors can cast their vote safely in whichever way they wish, whether that is at the polling station, by post or by proxy.

Voting by post or proxy 

If you are unable to get to your polling station on 6 May, there are different options available to you in order for you to cast your vote.  Details of dispatch dates will be updated here as they are confirmed, however we would encourage anyone who requires a postal vote to apply for one as soon as possible due to an expected increase in the number of postal votes being required for this year:

  • By post - if you apply to vote by post by midday on Thursday 11 March, your postal vote will be sent out around Tuesday 20 April.   If your application is received after this date and before midday on Wednesday 7 April, your pack will be sent out around 22 April.  Any applications received after that day and before the deadline to apply for a postal vote of 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021, your pack will be sent out by 27 April.
    If you are entitled to vote in a Parish by-election or a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, your ballot paper will arrive in a seperate pack and may be a day or two later.
    A copy of the application form for this can be downloaded from here. Please note that you will need to print this form and complete it as a signature is required in order to complete the form.

    This year, electors can take advantage of Priority Post Boxes which have later collection times than ordinary post boxes as well as, in some cases, having an earlier collection too.  Theese were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of Covid test kits, but Royal Mail will be using these for postal vote packs too.  You can find details of where your nearest priority box is by visiting www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes.
     
  • By proxy - the deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
    A copy of the application form for this can be downloaded from here. Please note that you will need to print this form and complete it as a signature is required in order to complete the form.

Completed forms can either be scanned and emailed back to us at postal.voting@testvalley.gov.uk or posted back to the address shown on the form.  You can apply now - this will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly.