This webpage will be updated with any new information as and when it becomes available. Residents who have any questions not covered below can contact the elections team at 01536 464 014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elections currently scheduled for Thursday 6th May 2021
- North Northamptonshire Council
(Unitary Authority covering Corby, Kettering, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough)
- Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election
- Parish Councils (where contested)
- Corby Town Council (prospective)
- Gretton Neighbourhood planning referendum
- Please bring your own pen to mark the ballot paper for your own safety. Pencils will be provided to those that do not bring a pen.
- Your Polling Station may have changed, please enter your postcode in the Polling Station finder below to find your allocated Polling Station.
26 March (approx)
Poll cards sent
(to all electors registered to vote by 10th March)
Last date to register to vote – 11:59pm deadline.
1st issue of Postal Votes released
(overseas and services released 15 April)
Last date to apply for a postal vote or proxy postal –
2nd issue of Postal Votes released
Last date to apply for a Proxy Vote – 5pm deadline
(not emergency proxy)
First day to reissue any lost postal ballot papers.
Polling Day – polls open 7am to 10pm.
Emergency proxy vote applications for medical or work-related emergencies will only be accepted in person until 5pm.
More details on the circumstances in which an emergency proxy may be requested will be found on this website in due course.
Postal voters can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal vote up until 5pm. Replacement postal ballot packs will only be issued in person to the elector themselves.
More details on the circumstances in which this can be requested will be found on this website in due course.
How do I apply for a Postal Vote?
If you’re thinking about voting by post, apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply by completing an “application to vote by post” form available online at www.corby.gov.uk/electoralservices or call 01536 464 014 if you need a paper copy.
What is the deadline to apply for a postal vote?
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Applicants must already be registered to vote.
How do I return my Postal Vote?
Please complete and return your postal vote by post as soon as possible using the envelopes provided. Only postal votes which arrive back by 10pm on polling day will be counted.
If you forget to send your postal vote back in time Completed postal vote packs can be dropped into the Corby Cube or any polling station in the same voting area on polling day, but ideally to your local polling station. Please note that there may be a queue due to social distancing.
Lost your postal vote or it didn’t arrive?
Replacement packs can be issued from Thursday 29 April until 5pm on polling day. From 5pm on the day before polling, replacement postal ballot packs will only be issued in person at The Corby Cube. You will need to bring proof of identification: one photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence, or two pieces of ID which confirm your name and address such as a bank statement, utility bill or official letter.
Please call 01536 46 40 14 if you need assistance.
I recently changed name/address/nationality, do I need to Register to Vote?
If you have changed name, nationality or address recently and not re-registered yourself to vote, you must do so by 11:59pm on Monday 19 April - the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
What is the deadline to Register to Vote?
Deadline for voter registration – 11:59pm on Monday 19 April.
You won’t be able to vote on Thursday 6 May if you register to vote after this date.
How do I Register to Vote?
It takes less than three minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote .It helps to have your National Insurance number to hand, found on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits.
You can also register to vote over the phone on 01536 46 40 14 or by completing a paper form. Don’t leave your registration until the last minute, just in case you have any problems.
What is a proxy vote?
A proxy vote is where an elector appoints someone that they trust to vote on their behalf. Both the elector and proxy voter must already be registered to vote.
What is the deadline to apply for a Proxy Vote?
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. Applicants must already be registered to vote.
How do I apply for a Proxy Vote?
Your nominated proxy must be eligible to vote in the election and will need to be able to vote in person at your polling station, or they can apply to cast their proxy vote by post. They will receive a letter or poll card at their address giving them the necessary details dependent on when they applied.
What if I have an unexpected emergency situation?
After 5pm on Tuesday 27 April until 5pm on polling day, emergency proxy votes may be available but only under specific extenuating circumstances, you will find details on this webpage in due course.
Who can Vote?
For elections in England, you must be:
- Registered to vote – visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 18 or over on 6 May 2021
- A UK, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen*
*A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The list of qualifying countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
How can I vote?
If you do not have a Postal or Proxy Vote, you can only cast your vote in person at the polling station you are registered at. The details will be printed on your poll card or you can search for your Polling Station using our finder on this webpage (above). Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
Do I need to bring my Poll Card?
You don’t need your poll card with you to be able to vote. Please take it with you when you leave the Polling Station.
Where is my Polling Station?
What can I expect at the Polling Station?
You may be given up to 4 ballot papers at your polling station, including:
- North Northamptonshire Council (Yellow Ballot Paper)
- Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election (White Ballot Paper)
- Parish Councils (where contested) (Green Ballot Paper)
- Corby Town Council (prospective) (Green Ballot Paper)
- Neighbourhood planning referendum (Gretton only) (Purple Ballot Paper)
What Covid-19 measures will be at polling stations?
A risk assessment has been carried out for each Polling Station, as each venue is different, we will have the following measures implemented wherever practicable:
- Separate entrances and exits where possible.
- Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper.
- Polling station staff wearing PPE and behind Perspex screens
- Voters asked to wear face coverings where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station
- Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
- Polling booths regularly sanitised.
These measures may mean electors wait longer than usual to be able to cast their vote. Busy times in polling stations often include 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Try to avoid these peak times to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queuing to vote at their allocated polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote. The polling station team will close the queue at 10pm, but everyone who arrived while the queue was open by 10pm will still be able to cast their vote.
How can Student Voters vote in elections?
Higher education students are eligible to register to vote at both their home and university/college address. If a student’s home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, they can vote in local elections in both areas. They will need to consider whether to register to vote in both areas and whether to make postal or proxy vote applications, as necessary.
How do I know more about the candidates?
Candidates and Political Parties might campaign by door knocking and distributing leaflets subject to COVID restrictions at that time. For further information about the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Elections please visit: www.choosemypcc.org.uk
More information about the Gretton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum is here: https://www.corby.gov.uk/home/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning
What is North Northamptonshire Council?
Residents in Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough will be able to vote for councillors to serve in their new North Northamptonshire unitary council which will supercede their existing borough council. The new North Northamptonshire Council will legally become responsible for the delivery of local services on 1st April 2021.
A total of 78 councillors will be elected for North Northamptonshire – three seats for each of the 26 electoral wards based on similar geographical areas to existing county council division areas. The new councillors will serve for five years, until the next set of elections.
Who cannot vote?
The following groups are legally excluded from voting in local elections in England:
- a convicted person (though remand prisoners, as yet unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register).
- have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.