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Parish and Town Council Elections - 6 May 2021

The Parish, Town and City Council Elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. All seats on all of these councils in Cornwall are due for re-election.

These elections will be run on an election timetable similar to the one used for other polls taking place the same day. These are the: 

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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.

Information and nomination packs

If you wish to be a candidate at these elections please request a candidate information pack as soon as possible.  You can do this by contacting the Town or Parish clerk for the area you wish to stand in. These packs contain the required forms and guidance on the election process. They 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. Please see our parish nomination pack covering letter which contains some important information.)

You will need to return completed nomination papers to us by hand. Details of where and when to deliver your papers will be shown in the Notice of Election that we will publish here on 22 March.

(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.

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.

Read more about registering to vote on the Electoral Commission website.

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 elections, some parish and town council boundaries will 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.