Elections 2021

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Are the elections on 6 May being postponed?

The elections are scheduled to go ahead as planned on 6 May. We are working hard to ensure that they can proceed effectively, including that polling stations will be safe places to vote. You can vote by post or proxy if you can't or don't want to go to the polling station.

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Where is my polling station?

You can check where your polling station is online.

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Do I need to register to vote?

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, you might have to register to vote. Details on how to register can be found on our register to vote page.

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Can I still vote if I am having to shield or do not wish to vote at a polling station?

Absolutely! You can apply for a postal vote or you can apply for a proxy vote (where you appoint someone to vote on your behalf). You may also want to consider a postal vote because you could still vote, even if you were required to self-isolate during Election day.

A helpful video guide explaining how to complete your postal vote pack has been produced.

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Will it be safe to vote in a polling station due to the risk of Covid?

We are doing all we can to make voting in polling stations as safe as possible. If you vote in person, we ask you to wear a mask (unless exempt), stay socially distanced and use the hand sanitiser that will be available. You can also use your own pen or pencil to vote if you wish to do so.

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Local Government Election

The next local election is scheduled to be held on 6 May 2021.

Local elections are held on the first Thursday of May every 4 years. Trafford holds elections by thirds, meaning a third of seats are contested each year for 3 years, followed by a year when no elections are held.

People will vote to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and takes decisions on how local services are run. Your local councillor will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.

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Candidates and agents briefing sessions

Briefing sessions will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams on:

  • 18 March 2021 - 5:15pm
  • 25 March 2021 - 5:15pm

If you would like to attend one of the briefing sessions please email elections@trafford.gov.uk for further information.

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Guidance for candidates and agents

The Electoral Commission provides a series of comprehensive guides and resources to support candidates and agents on the Electoral Commission website, which includes resources for standing as a independent candidate (Part 2a) and resources for standing as a party candidate (Part 2b).

The election timetable, nomination papers and supporting forms are also available on their website:

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Greater Manchester Mayoral Election

The Greater Manchester Mayoral Election was held on Thursday 6 May 2021 and Andy Burnham was duly elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester.

In the borough of Trafford the turnout was 44.88% and result of the mayoral election in Trafford was as follows with candidates listed alphabetically.

  • Nick Buckley (Reform UK): 1534
  • Andy Burnham (Labour): 50417
  • Laura Evans (Conservative): 17446
  • Marcus Farmer (Independent):  367
  • Melanie Horrocks (Green): 3863
  • Simon Lepori (Liberal Democrats):  2212
  • Alec Marvel (Independent):  18
  • Stephen Morris (English Democrats): 509
  • David Sutcliffe (Independent): 348
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Election notices