Elections 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, voters in Solihull will go to the polls in three different elections.

They are:

  • Elections of Local Councillors for Solihull MBC
  • Election of Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands
  • Election of Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority

Depending on where you live, there are also Parish Council elections in Tidbury Green and a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum in Balsall.

We are working hard to ensure that all polling stations are safe and Covid-19 secure. If you would rather not vote in person, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. Please do this as soon as possible.

Local Elections in Solihull

The local election gives voters the opportunity to vote for a Councillor for the ward they live in. There are 17 wards in Solihull and one Councillor will be voted in to represent each ward. We also have an additional vacancy in the Elmdon ward. This means that voters in Elmdon will be able to vote for two people to become Councillors.

Details of who you can vote for will be on your ballot paper. We will upload a list of people standing for election in April 2021.

Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority

You will also be able to vote for your preferred candidate in the election of Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority. Each elector will receive a booklet in the post containing more information about the election.

Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands

You will be able to vote for your preferred candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election. For more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner please visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk

How do I stand to be a Local Councillor for Solihull MBC?

To be eligible to stand as a candidate at a local government election in England you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and

Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in the Solihull area from the day of your nomination onwards.
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Solihull during the last 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of the election.
  • Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months prior to your nomination is in Solihull.
  • You have lived in Solihull during the whole of the previous 12 months before the day of your nomination.

Apart from meeting the above qualification, you must also not be disqualified. A full range of disqualifications can be found in the “Guidance for candidates and agents ” guidance from the Electoral Commission.

How do I submit my nomination paper?

Nomination papers can be submitted between Tuesday 23 March and 4.00pm on Thursday 8 April 2021. Nomination papers delivered after 4.00pm on Thursday 8 April will be rejected. They must be hand-delivered to Electoral Services. Please call 0121 704 8303 to make an appointment.

If you are standing on behalf of a registered political party, please refer to the Electoral Commission’s Guidance to candidates and agents – standing as a party candidate.

If you are standing as an independent candidate, please refer to the Electoral Commission’s Guidance to candidates and agents – standing as an independent candidate.

When will we know the candidates?

The Statement of Persons Nominated will list all of the candidates standing for election. This will be available by no later than 4.00pm on Friday 9 April 2021.

Campaigning

The Government have produced guidance on campaigning in the run up to the May 2021 elections. This guidance can be found here.

When are poll cards going out?

Poll cards will be going out to residents from the end of March/start of April. Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station, along with a map. Polling stations are open from 7.00am until 10.00pm. Some polling stations have changed, so please check your poll card before you leave.

Am I registered to vote?

If you have received a poll card, then you are registered to vote. If you voted in the last election and you have not moved property since, then you should still be registered to vote. If you are not sure, you can call our helpline on 0121 704 6042.

If you have recently moved property, or recently turned 18 then you can apply to register to vote by going to www.gov.uk/registertovote

The deadline to register to vote in time for the elections on 6 May 2021 is midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.

I’m not around on 6 May, can I still vote?

If you are not here on Thursday 6 May then you can either apply for a postal vote or appoint a proxy (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). Both methods of voting require an application form and they must be received before a deadline.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 April. Forms can either be scanned and emailed to electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk or sent in the post to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 April. Forms can either be scanned and emailed to electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk or sent in the post to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

When will my postal vote be despatched?

For existing postal voters, all postal vote packs will be despatched around 16 April. All other postal vote packs will be despatched around 27 April.

Key dates

Publication of Notice of Election Monday 22 March 2021
Receipt of Nominations 4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021
Withdrawal of Candidate 4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021
Appointment of Election Agents 4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021
Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated 4:00pm Friday 9 April 2021
Last Date for Registration Monday 19 April 2021
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5:00pm Tuesday 20 April 2021
Publication of Notice of Poll Tuesday 27 April 2021
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00pm Tuesday 27 April 2021
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Wednesday 28 April 2021
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Thursday 29 April 2021
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5:00pm Thursday 6 May 2021
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00pm Thursday 6 May 2021
Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00pm Thursday 6 May 2021
Return of Election Expenses Friday 11 June 2021