6 May 2021 Elections
Elections that are taking place on 6 May 2021
- Police and Crime Commissioner election for Sussex (Brighton and Hove are in charge of the election for Sussex)
- West Sussex County Council elections
- Brookfield District ward by-election
- Pevensey District ward by-election
- Bognor Regis Town Council by-election - Pevensey ward
- Littlehampton Town Council by-election – Beach ward
- Littlehampton Town Council by-election - River ward
- Littlehampton Town Council by-election – Wickbourne ward
- Walberton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Application to register - we must receive your completed application by Monday 19 April 2021 visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Application for a postal vote - we must receive your completed application by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 Postal Vote Application Form [pdf] 103KB
Application for a proxy vote - we must receive your completed application by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021 Proxy Vote Application Form [pdf] 198KB
For further details visit our electoral registration page.
Combined Election Timetable - Election Timetable [pdf] 170KB
Notice of Election
Statement of Persons Nominated
Notice of Election Agents
Household Notification Letter and accompanying election arrangements leaflet
On 15 January 2021 we sent out a household notification letter (HNL) to all residential households within Arun, with this it also included an election arrangements leaflet provising informaiton on where your polling station will be and how things will work on polling day.
Polling station arrangements
Due to the Covid19 Pandemic we have had to look closely at our arrangements for the use of polling station premises for these elections. To ensure that all polling stations are safe places for both voters and our staff we have taken the decision to reduce the number of premises we use for these elections only. We have sought advice from the Electoral Commission, Association of Electoral Administrators, the PARO for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election, the County Returning Officer for West Sussex County Council as well as the Arun District Council Health and Safety department. In response to this advice Nigel Lynn, the Chief Executive and Returning officer of Arun District Council has used his Delegated Authority to use two suitable venues for each of the 13 county divisions within the Arun District. A list of the amended polling stations can be found here: Final Constituency Schedule
Candidates and Agents Briefing
A candidates and agents briefing took place via Zoom on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 2.30pm. This was an opportunity to receive further information on the election arrangements, ask questions and see examples of how to complete a nomination paper. Please see the presentation below.
The Government has just published guidance on campaigning for the elections on 6 May 2021. The following links are to the press release from the Cabinet Office Minister and the detailed guidance:
The Government’s approach to elections and referendums during COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
This guidance allows some relaxation to current restrictions for campaigning from 8 March and is described as a “proportionate approach which effectively balances the importance of effective elections with the need ot support door to door campaigning activity.” Key points are set out below but you must read the full guidance. Throughout the guidance there is reference to the covid rules which campaigners must work to:
With effect from 8 March:
- There will be changes to the lockdown regulations to support door to door campaigning activity
- Only those campaigning for a specific electoral outcome can carry out this activity
- Those in charge of campaigns will have to ensure that campaigners are aware of the guidance and their responsibilities to follow the rules
- These changes will apply across all areas in England and all types of elections and for any further by-elections or local referendums whilst covid restrictions remain in place
- Only a minimum number of campaigners should work together and must maintain 2m distance at all times
- Campaigners should not enter a private home
- Campaigners should not meet indoors and guidance is given on how to minimise this
- Meetings to organise and plan campaigns should not take place in person
- Hustings and public meetings must take place remotely
- Risk assessments should take place before any campaigning and political parties should provide guidance to party campaigners to support this (more detailed guidance is in the document)
With effect from 29 March
- There will be some further relaxation, but the rules must still be followed
- The provision for six people or town households to meet outside may support organisational work by campaigners
- There will be no change to the rules on meeting others indoors so the rules on doorstep campaigning will not change
Related activity - further advice is also given on:
- Use of committee rooms (no social activities)
- Campaigners should not transport electors in private vehicles – not lifts or car sharing
- Campaigners should not collect completed postal ballots from Electors
- Tellers – must follow social distancing and all other covid rules (may be required to stay within delineated areas by the Returning Officer and visual ground markers or signage my be used)
We will be introducing new procedures for the receipt and checking of nomination papers for these elections. (Please note that the nomination arrangements for the Sussex Police & Commissioner election will be managed by Brighton & Hove City Council, information on this can be found by visiting their website: Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner elections next election (brighton-hove.gov.uk) )
For the West Sussex County Council and local by-elections the arrangements will be as follows:
- As with last year, the nomination packs are now available on our website, these include the papers as well as useful information to help you complete them. Please visit: Nomination details for 6 May 2021 Elections, if you were prefer to receive a paper copy please complete the online form: https://forms.gle/eLpLGr9svVRD7s2z6
- If you require a paper copy of these please email email@example.com to request these, they will then be posted to you.
- We are asking that completed nomination papers are scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org from Tuesday 30 March 2021 so that we can carry out informal checks and email the candidate/agent back with any amendments that need to be completed before the papers are formally received.
- If the papers are not able to be scanned they can be hand delivered to the post box at the front of the Civic Centre offices in Littlehampton and left to be checked, we are not running an appointment system for you to be able to wait whilst they are being checked. If any amendments need to be made contact details will need to be provided so that we can ask to you to return to the offices to make these at a later time. the council building is currently not open and therefore cannot be accessed to drop off your papers.
- The deadline for us to receive the completed nomination papers at the Civic Centre is 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021, we ask that nomination papers are not handed in on this day unless they have been informally checked beforehand. If any amendments are needed it makes it very difficult to get them completed on the last day and we cannot accept anything after the 4pm deadline.
- For any questions or assistance that is needed please use the email@example.com email address.
- To request a copy of the electoral register please use this form: https://forms.gle/GeyEjbosUJjMDDGw9
Electoral Area Maps
Please view the relevant electoral area maps here: Electoral Area Boundary Maps | Arun District Council
If you would like to request hard copy maps please use the following form: Electoral Area Map Request
Despatch of Postal Vote Packs
Any electors who have applied for a postal vote by Monday 29 March 2021 will be in the 1st despatch of postal vote packs on Wednesday 21 April 2021. Anyone who applies between Tuesday 30 March and the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 will be posted in the 2nd despatch on Monday 26 April 2021. Any electors who have not received their postal packs can only be sent a replacement from Thursday 29 April 2021 as per the legislation.
Verification of all ballot papers and the count for West Sussex County Council and local by-elections – Friday 7 May 2021
The verification of all ballot papers will take place at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham, Bognor Regis on the morning of Friday 7 May 2021. Once all ballot papers have been verified the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot papers will be stored securely and we will go on to count the West Sussex County Council elections and the local by-elections and neighbourhood plan referendum will follow. All results will be announced by Nigel Lynn, the Returning Officer for Arun District Council and Deputy County Returning Officer for West Sussex County Council.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election count – Monday 10 May 2021
The count for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election (Arun counting area) will commence on Monday 10 May 2021 at the Arun Leisure Centre, Felpham, Bognor Regis. The local result will be announced by Nigel Lynn, the Local Returning Officer for the Police & Crime Commissioner election, the main result for the whole of Sussex will be announced by Geoff Raw the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) at Brighton and Hove City Council.