Elections 2021

Voting

Why vote

County councillors are elected by the people and make important decisions affecting the lives of everyone in Lancashire. The county council provides around 85% of all local government services in Lancashire. Services include education, fostering and adoption, health and social care, cultural services, libraries and archives, registering births, deaths and marriages, recycling and highways and transportation.

There are 84 county councillors elected by the people to cover the electoral divisions in the twelve district areas. In Lancashire there are two unitary authorities (Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool). Lancashire county councillors do not represent these areas.

County elections are only held every four years, so it's important that you use your opportunity to cast your vote.

Who is eligible to vote

You can register to vote if you are;

  • 16 years old or over and either
  • British Citizen
  • An Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

However you are only eligible to vote from the age of 18 years old and you are registered on the electoral register.

The electoral register

The electoral register is maintained by a district council. It contains a list of the names and addresses of all those people eligible to vote. You can add your name or change your details throughout the year.

Register to vote

You can only vote if your name is on the register of electors. If you would like to check that you are registered, please contact your local district council. (link to Key contacts)

If you haven’t voted for a while, or have changed your name or address, you may not be registered to vote.

It's quick and easy to register to vote online. The deadline to register to vote is by Monday 19 April.

How to vote

Once you are registered on the electoral register, you are eligible to vote. You can vote in three ways:

In person

Most people in the UK choose to cast their vote in person at a local polling station. Voting at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help if you're not sure what to do.

By post

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote was 5pm on 20 April.

To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register. Then you need to fill in a postal vote application form. After completing the form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your District Elections Office for your area. If you can’t print the form, contact the electoral services team at your local council/the Electoral Registration Officer for your area so that a form can be posted to you.

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. 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.

By proxy

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

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.

If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don't need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local election officer.

How to vote at the elections

Your vote is yours alone - protect your vote

Voting by Post

Voting by post? Don’t forget to:

  • read all the instructions carefully
  • mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret
  • take care filling in the postal voting statement
  • put all the documents in the correct envelopes
  • seal the envelope yourself
  • post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it’s counted

Find out more about voting by post.