Elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 across North Hertfordshire to elect members to both the County Council and Parish Councils.
The postponed 2020 elections to the District Council, elections for the Town and Parish Councils, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire will also take place on the same day. There is also a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum being held in Baldock, Bygrave and Clothall.
The Notice of Election has been published and can be viewed at the foot of this page.
District Council elections
District Council elections will be held in each of the following Wards, where voters will be electing one councillor in each Ward:
- Baldock East
- Baldock Town
- Hitchin Bearton
- Hitchin Highbury
- Hitchin Oughton
- Hitchin Priory
- Hitchin Walsworth
- Hitchwood, Offa and Hoo
- Letchworth East
- Letchworth Grange
- Letchworth South East
- Letchworth South West
- Letchworth Wilbury
In addition there will by-elections in the following Wards:
- Royston Palace
- Royston Meridian
County Council elections
County Council elections will be held in each of the following Divisions, where voters will be electing one councillor in each Division:
- Baldock and Letchworth East
- Hitchin North
- Hitchin Rural
- Hitchin South
- Knebworth and Codicote
- Letchworth North
- Letchworth South
- Royston East and Ermine
- Royston West and Rural
More information about the county council elections can be viewed on Hertfordshire County Council's website.
Parish Council elections
Postponed Parish council elections will be held in:
- St Ippolyts
- St Paul's Walden
There will also be by-elections for:
- Royston Town Council (Meridian Ward)
- Sandon Parish Council
Police and Crime Commissioner election
The Police and Crime Commissioner election for Hertfordshire will also take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 following their postponement in May 2020.
More information about the Police and Crime Commissioner election can be viewed on the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire's website.
Voting by post
The deadline to apply for a postal vote was 20 April. You can no longer apply for a postal vote for these elections.
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote was 27 April. You can no longer apply for a proxy vote for these elections.
Coronavirus and holding elections safely
These elections will be held at a time when coronavirus still presents a risk to public health and a challenge to the holding of elections.
As a result the voting experience may be a little different this year. We will be taking various steps, based on national and local guidance, to ensure polling stations are as safe as possible both for voters and staff.
- Polling stations will be set up to maintain social distancing and there may be a one way system in place at your polling station
- Voters and staff will be asked to wear face coverings in polling stations and staff will be behind screens
- Voters will be encouraged to bring their own pencil/pen to mark ballot papers - pencils will be available should voters forget
- Additional staff may be employed at some stations to manage queues outside and ensure social distancing
- Staff will clean surfaces regularly throughout the day
If you are unable to get to the polling station on polling day or do not wish to vote in person, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. You can download a postal vote application form if you have not yet received one.
Further information and guidance
We have prepared a series of FAQs with the Electoral Commission, which is attached below. It provides some answers to questions you may have about registering for and voting in these elections. You can also download a guide to polling day itself which has been produced by the Electoral Commission.
In partnership with both Mencap and RNIB, the Electoral Commission have also produced guides to help and support people with a learning disability or sight loss to take part and vote in the elections. Both guides are attached below at the foot of the page.