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Combined elections 2021

Local election notification posterLocal, Police and Crime Commissioner and Combined Authority Mayoral Elections 2021

The local, West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral (WMCA) and Police and Crime Commissioner elections that were due to take place in May 2020 will now go ahead on Thursday May 6 2021.

This election is your opportunity to elect your ward councillor, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (WMPCC) and West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor (WMCA).

Details about candidates for all elections will be on the ballot paper. We will also provide further information about those standing for election in April.

If you haven’t registered to vote, you will need to do so before midnight on Monday 19 April 2021 and can find out how here

The Electoral Commission has provided video guidance about the upcoming elections.

Find out more about how to vote.

Find out what to expect when voting in person

Voting guidance for people with learning disabilities

Learning Disability England provides useful advice and guidance about voting in the upcoming election.

Postal votes

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021. If you have already registered to vote by post you should receive 3 ballot papers soon. Postal ballots are only sent out once the deadline to become a candidate has passed. Time is then needed to create and print the ballot papers. You will normally get your ballot papers between 5 to 11 days before the election date.

Notices of Election 2021

Notice of poll, including situations of polling stations: Local Election 2021 pdf

Notice of poll: Combined Authority Mayor 2021 pdf - (View HTML version) 

Notice of poll: Police and Crime Commissioner 2021 pdf - (view HTML version)

Statement of persons nominated: Local Election 2021

Statement of persons nominated: Combined Authority Mayor 2021

Statement of persons nominated: Police and Crime Commissioner 2021

Election agents' Notice: Local Election 2021

Election of Councillors for individual wards pdf

Combined Authority Mayoral Election (CAM)pdf - (View HTML version)

Notice of Election Addresses (CAM) pdf

Notice of Election Agents (CAM) pdf - (view HTML version)

Notice of particulars of sub agents (CAM) pdf (view HTML version)

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)pdf - (View HTML version)

Notice of Election Addresses (PCC) pdf

Notice of Election Agents (PCC) pdf - (View HTML version)

Notice of particulars of sub agents (PCC) pdf - (view HTML version)

Who will I be voting for?

You can find out who your existing councillors are by entering your postcode on our councillor finder page.

You can find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner election at the WMPCC website.

You can find out more about the Combined Authority Mayor at the WMCA website.

Election timetable

  • Notice of Election publication - 22 March
  • Close of candidate nominations - 4:00pm 8 April
  • Notice of Agents - 8 April
  • Statement of Persons Nominated - 9 April
  • Notice of Poll – 27 April
  • Situation of Polling Stations - 27 April

View the full 2021 election timetable

Information for prospective candidates

If you are interested in standing as a candidate in the 2021 local elections, we have included some important information below.

You can find out more information about standing as a candidate if you visit the Electoral Commission website.

Polling station safety posterCOVID-19

We’ll do everything to make sure that polling stations are COVID-19 secure and people stay safe.

You will see many of the measures used in public spaces in recent months in our polling stations. They will include, hand sanitiser and floor markings to help maintain social distancing. Mandatory use of face coverings will be in place unless you are medically exempt. We also recommend bringing your own pencil or pen to minimise the risk of contact transmission.

What if I am self isolating?

Guidance about what to do if you need to self isolate or the area where you live is in lockdown on the day of the election is currently in development. We will provide more information as and when it becomes available.

Electoral Malpractice

If you have concerns regarding electoral malpractice you will be required to complete the reporting form. Please return the completed form to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1AE.  The Returning Officer will then investigate the complaint and forward to the Police if necessary.