Residents urged to apply early if they want to vote by post in the May elections

10 March 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Brent will have their say on who represents them at the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections.

Residents are being urged to apply early if they want to vote by post in the May elections, which is the easiest and safest way to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All applications to vote by post must be received by the council by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

In order to register to vote by post, residents must first be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in time for the May elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

This is particularly important for anyone who has recently turned 18 or moved address.

Those who aren’t registered to vote can select postal voting as an option when they register and they will be sent an application form, or those already registered can download an application form on the council’s website.

Carolyn Downs, Constituency Returning Officer for Brent and Harrow, said:

“We know that many people, especially those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, may be feeling anxious about leaving home to vote in these elections.

“We’re putting measures in place to make polling stations as safe as possible, but there are other ways you can vote.

“Voting by post is quick and can be done from the comfort of your own home so I am urging anyone who would prefer to vote this way to please apply as soon as possible – don’t leave it to the last minute.

“And if you’re not registered to vote, please register by 19 April to make sure you can take part in these elections and have your say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Brent.”

Registered voters will be voting in three different elections on 6 May – for the Mayor of London, the Brent and Harrow Assembly Member and the London-wide Assembly Member. The Mayor of London is responsible for making plans, strategies and policies for Londoners, from policing and housing to environment and transport. Assembly Members hold the Mayor to account on your behalf.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

For more information, visit our website or you can contact the Electoral Services office by emailing Electoral.Services@brent.gov.uk or by calling 020 8937 1372.