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Voting next month? Here are the deadlines you need to know

Published Tuesday 13 April, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Six elections are taking place next month on 6 May and deadlines for registering for the different ways to vote are fast approaching.

First time voters have just six days left to register to vote. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, 19 April and anyone who is not registered will not be able to take part and have their say in who represents them.

Visit to register your vote.

Remember, to vote you must be on the electoral register. If you’re not sure, you can check by calling our helpline on 01795 417316.

Anyone planning to vote by post this year, instead of visiting a polling station must apply by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April.

For those who are unable to submit a postal vote or vote in person, you can appoint someone to cast your vote. This is known as a proxy vote and the deadline to apply is 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April.

To register for a postal or proxy vote visit to find out how.

The elections taking place in the borough are:

  • Kent County Council – there are six electoral divisions for county council elections in the borough, which will return seven county councillors. For more information, visit the Kent County Council website, where you can also view public notices about the election.
  • Kent Police and Crime Commissioner – the person responsible for overseeing how crime is tackled across the county. For more information, visit the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner website or call 0808 196 2170.
  • Swale Borough Council by-election: Sheerness Ward
  • Faversham Town Council by-elections:
    • Abbey Ward
    • Priory Ward
    • Watling Ward

For more information visit