COVID-19 - Local elections
We are working with the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community, and public health authorities to help make sure you can stay safe when casting your vote in May.
On the day of the local elections (6 May) there will be a number of safety precautions in place to make polling stations COVID-safe. This includes:
- Hand sanitiser stations
- Social distancing (additional screens where social distancing of 1m+ between staff and electors is not possible)
- A requirement for a face covering (unless exempt)
Residents are also advised to check their poll cards for information about their polling station and opening times ahead of the elections, and to bring their own pen/pencil to make their vote.
More information is also available on the Electoral Commission website.
The following polls are scheduled in the borough on Thursday, 6 May 2021.
- Election of one Police and Crime Commissioner for the Wiltshire Police Authority area. Documents relating to this election can be viewed below:
- Election of Councillors to each of the wards of Swindon Borough Council. Documents relating to these elections can be viewed below:
- Election of Councillors to Parish Councils. The document relating to these elections can be viewed below:
- Neighbourhood Planning Referendum for the Blunsdon East Neighbourhood area
- Neighbourhood Planning Referendum for the Stratton St Margaret Neighbourhood Plan area
Find your polling station
Candidates and agents
A virtual briefing for candidates and agents was held on Monday, 12 April 2021. The slides from the briefing can be viewed below:
Referendums and petitions 2021
The Local Government Act 2000 requires the council to publish a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the council to hold a referendum on whether the borough should change to a different form of governance. This applies to petitions to the council, submitted between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.