How to apply for a postal vote for the May 2021 elections

Residents who want to vote by post in the May 2021 elections are being reminded to submit their applications on time. 

On Thursday, May 6, elections will be held for Cornwall Council, Town and Parish Councils, and the Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner.   

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.  

Kate Kennally, returning officer for Cornwall Council, said: “We know that many people, particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, may be concerned about leaving their home to vote.  

“Measures are being put in place to ensure that polling stations will be safe but we’d encourage anyone who would prefer to vote by post or by proxy to apply as soon as possible.  

“We want to ensure that everybody who wants to vote feels confident doing so in whichever way they choose.” 

How to vote by post or proxy

Anyone who wants to vote by post or by proxy can download an application form or request an application form by calling Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 115.

The form must be printed and signed with a wet signature. A digital signature cannot be accepted. 

Once completed, you can send the form to Cornwall Council by post. Alternatively you can scan the completed form and send a copy as an email attachment (as a PDF or JPEG file) to

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.  

Postal votes are sent to your home address, or any other address you specify, usually 10 days before the date of the election. 

They must be returned to Cornwall Council before the close of poll. 

You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April. 

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