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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Who makes the decision to postpone the elections?

Any decision to postpone the polls would be for the UK Government to make, and be subject to parliamentary approval.

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Do you think they can go ahead in the current circumstances?

The Electoral Commission has developed a set of election objectives with the UK’s governments, political parties and electoral administrators, to ensure the elections can be delivered safely and successfully.

We are working with the UK’s governments, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health.

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Where is my polling station?

You can check where your polling station is online.

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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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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 nomination papers are also available on their website:

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Greater Manchester Mayoral Election

The Greater Manchester Mayoral Election is due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 to elect the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is responsible for delivering these elections.