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Cornwall Council Elections - 6 May 2021

The Cornwall Council Elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 following this election timetable. Other polls are also happening on 6 May: 

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(Please note: These elections will each run on slightly different timetables. Polling day for all of these polls will be Thursday 6 May.)

Candidates and agents are invited to make appointments to deliver their nomination papers by hand and have them checked while they wait by our election staff.

To be a candidate at Cornwall Council elections please request a candidate information pack as soon as possible.  You can do this using the contact details on this page. The information packs contain the required forms and guidance on the election process. The packs will be available in the week commencing 15 March 2021.

If you prefer, you can download the nomination papers produced by the Electoral Commission that we will be using. (Please note: These papers do not include some information that will be in the packs produced by us.)

You will need to return completed nomination papers to us by hand. The legal deadline will be shown in the Notice of Election.

(Candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner election must contact the Elections team at Exeter City Council.  The team will be leading those elections for the Devon and Cornwall Police area.)

Candidates’ election expenses

The most a candidate can spend on their election campaign has increased. The spending limit for candidates at local government elections in England is now £806 per electoral area. Plus 7p per elector.

Our elections team are working closely with Public Health colleagues to ensure the necessary arrangements are in place to keep voters and staff safe.

You can expect many of the measures you have become used to over recent months:

  • One-way systems will be implemented at polling stations and queues will be managed to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at each station and polling booths will be cleaned after each vote is cast.
  • Voters will also be asked to wear face coverings and where possible bring their own pen.

If you would prefer not to vote in person, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy. See more details about different ways to vote below.

We are currently recruiting people to work on election duties.  There is more information on our Election staff 2021 page

The electoral register, also known as the electoral roll, is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote. 

You must be on the register to be able to vote at an election.

Anyone who has never registered, or has recently moved, must have registered by Monday 19 April 2021.

You must re-register if you have changed address, name or nationality.

If you are already registered you do not need to apply again unless your circumstances have recently changed.

To register to vote, please go to our Register to vote page.

Read more about registering to vote on the Electoral Commission website. There is also a step-by-step easy read guide to registering to vote online.

You can vote in an election in different ways:

  • In person
  • By post
  • By proxy - you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

There is more information on our different ways to vote page. 

From the May 2021 Cornwall Council elections, there will be 87 Electoral Divisions in Cornwall. Each division will elect one Cornwall councillor.

More details are available on our Electoral Review of Cornwall Council page.

There will also be changes to some parish and town council warding arrangements. 

Please note: 

From the May 2021 elections, some parish and town council boundaries will also change.

Some areas of land have moved from one parish area to another by Cornwall Council after the recent Community Governance Review.

Some of these changes affect an electoral division boundary for Cornwall Council elections. Where appropriate a division has also changed to match the new parish boundary. Any such changes have been approved by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.