Ways of voting
At your polling station
Polling stations will have Covid safety measures in place. Health and safety assessments have been carried out on all polling stations and measures put in place to protect staff and voters. You will be required to wear a face mask and use hand sanitiser on arrival which will be made available at the polling station. The layout will ensure you remain socially distanced from other electors and staff. Please bring your own pen or pencil to vote if you wish. If you have any concerns about using your local polling station ahead of polling day, please contact your Election Office to get further information.
All polling stations in Greater Manchester will be open between 7am and 10pm.
If you are registered and entitled to vote you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where to vote. You don’t need your poll card to vote. Look at this carefully as your polling station may have changed since you last voted.
When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name and address by the staff. They will check that you are registered and hand you the ballot papers for all elections taking place that day. They can also help you understand how to fill out the ballot papers.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote has now passed.
If you have registered to vote by post you will be sent a postal voting pack containing your ballot papers for all elections taking place in your area on 6 May 2021, a postal voting statement requiring your signature and Date of Birth and a postage paid return envelope.
You will receive your postal vote from the 20 April and receive your postal pack from 23 April. If you have not received your postal pack by 29 April please contact your Elections Office.
You should leave plenty of time to return your postal vote, but if you don’t manage to post it in time you can return it by hand before 10pm on polling day to your local Electoral Services Office or any polling station in your local authority area.
The deadline to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf has now passed. In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote.
This must be something that you were not aware of before the normal proxy deadline which was 5pm on the 27 April 2021.
- You have a medical emergency (PDF, 712KB)
- You are away from work (PDF, 711KB)
- You are self isolating due to COVID-19 (PDF, 107KB) - This form can also be used to change your nominated proxy if they are self isolating.
These applications can be made up to 5pm on polling day, Thursday 6 May 2021.
There is further information on how to apply for an emergency proxy vote on your council’s website.