On 6 May 2021 elections are being held in Medway and Kent to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent.
View the Notice of Election.
There are no other elections scheduled to be held in Medway in May 2021.
Download the list of candidates: Statement of Persons Nominated (PDF).
How to vote
Poll cards start to be sent to eligible electors from 29 March 2021. You do not need your poll card to vote, as long as you are registered to vote.
Voting at a polling station and coronavirus (COVID-19)
We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station.
Polling station staff will be wearing face coverings (unless exempt). They will regularly clean surfaces.
There will be markers on the floor that will show you which way to go and help you maintain social distancing. Staff will also point out the public health measures that you should follow while you’re in the polling station.
If you vote in person, you're encouraged to keep yourself and others safe by:
- wearing a face covering (unless exempt)
- bringing your own pen or pencil
- cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- keeping a safe distance.
You should not attend the polling station if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been asked to self-isolate.
If you forget to bring a face covering or pen or pencil with you, polling station staff will have spare ones available for you. You will not be prevented from entering the polling station if you forget these things.
It should only take a few minutes to vote. We have put arrangements in place to help maintain social distancing within the polling station. This means you may need to queue to enter. If you are asked to queue, please be patient and we will work to enable you to vote as quickly as possible.
Polling station staff will be on hand to greet you and invite you in as soon as polls open at 7am.
If you are still in a queue waiting to vote at 10pm, you will be able to vote before the polls close.
Other ways to vote
If you prefer not to visit a polling station there are other options.
Do not leave it to the last minute. Apply to vote by post or to appoint a proxy now.
Postal vote packs will be sent on different dates depending on when you registered to vote:
- if you were registered to vote by post on 8 March or earlier, your postal vote pack will be sent around 15 April
- if you register to vote by post between 9 March and the deadline of 20 April, your postal vote pack will be sent around 26 April
If you think there may not be time for you to receive and complete your postal pack and to return it before the close of poll at 10pm 6 May, you may want to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf instead. You will need to cancel your postal vote no later than 5pm on 20 April.
Easy read guide to voting
In partnership with Mencap, the Electoral Commission have created an easy read guide to voting which uses clear language and pictures to help someone understand how to take part, register and vote.
Download Mencap easy read guide to voting.
Guide to voting for people with a sight loss
In partnership with RNIB, the Electoral Commission have created a guide to help make those with sight loss aware of what elections are taking place, how to take part and what support they can request at polling stations.
Download RNIB guide to voting.
Who can vote
All electors included in the 2021 Register of Electors will be eligible to vote in the elections. This includes electors who are EU citizens, but not those who are registered as living abroad (overseas electors).
Existing electors do not need to re-register for these elections.
To check if you are already registered to vote, email email@example.com. Include your name and address including postcode.
Last date for receipt of applications to register in time to vote in the elections
Monday 19 April
Last date for receipt of new applications for a postal vote (or to amend an existing postal vote) for the elections
Tuesday 20 April
Last date for receipt of applications to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf
Tuesday 27 April
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