Voting safely in next year’s elections

East Suffolk Council is preparing to help residents stay safe when casting their votes in next year’s local elections.

East Suffolk residents will go to the polls to have their say on who they want to represent them at Suffolk County Council and as the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 6 May 2021.

There are a number of ways you can have your say in May’s elections – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, also known as a proxy vote.

Stephen Baker, Electoral Registration Officer for East Suffolk Council said: “The elections next year are very important and an opportunity for residents to have a say on who represents them on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in East Suffolk.

“Regardless of how you choose to cast your vote in May, you will be able to do so safely. We are already preparing for this in line with the current guidelines, which means that you can expect many of the same measures you’ve become used to in the shops over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. However, should the guidelines change prior to the elections, we are prepared to take the necessary steps to meet these.

“There is also an option to vote by post or by proxy and we are currently contacting some members in our communities to highlight the option to vote by post. Any electors who are not registered as postal voters can also apply now if they would like to vote in this way.”


You need to be registered to vote to have your say in next year’s elections. The easiest way to register is online at

Further information on elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy can be found at