Forthcoming elections

Elections on Thursday 4 November 2021

Please click the above links to view which elections and referendums we currently have taking place, to view all statutory notices and to request a nomination pack (local government by-elections only).

Elections and referendums are currently taking place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. We are working hard with the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote.

Further information is also available in the voter section on the Electoral Commission website.

Becoming a candidate

The qualifications for becoming a candidate and the nomination form and other documents are on the Electoral Commission website.

Nominations can only be taken at certain times during the election timetable. More details of these times for specific elections are given on the notice of election.

We will publish nomination papers and statutory notices for elections on this page during each election period.

If you have any questions, there is more general information on the Electoral Commission website or you can call 01432 260107 or email elections@herefordshire.gov.uk

Frequently asked questions

How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

To vote - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes.

Register to vote at GOV.UK

To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it back to us. You can send us a photo or a scanned copy of your completed application via email, or you can post it to us at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ.

If you're thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minutes to register and you can do this online at GOV.UK.

Register to vote at GOV.UK

If you're unable to register online, you can phone our office to register with a member of staff or you can apply by post. You can download the voter registration forms.

Is voting by post safe?

Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.

You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

How are you making polling stations safe?

We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you've become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?

We recommend that you bring your own pen or pencil to the polling station to minimise contact. There will be clean pencils available for you to use at the polling station if you forget to bring your own.

Do I have to wear a mask to the polling station?

Yes you must wear a mask to the polling station unless you are exempt. If you forget to bring one the staff at the polling station can provide you with one.

How do you protect postal postal voting from fraud?

When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself. You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote.

When you return your postal voting pack you will again be asked for your signature and date of birth, and these will be checked against those you have already provided in order to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

When an election takes place if it has been requested through a casual vacancy

The election must usually be held within 60 days of the date that the vacancy arises for Parish Council Elections. It must be held within 35 days for Herefordshire Council Elections.