Voting Safely in the 2021 Elections

Please note that this news article has been updated to reflect changes in the elections taking place. The updated areas are in bold.

Local Elections are scheduled to take place across the country on Thursday 6th May, including in Bassetlaw, where residents will be asked to have their say on who represents them at Nottinghamshire County Council and as Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

While the elections are some time away, the Elections Team in Bassetlaw are working hard to ensure that you are able to stay safe while casting your vote. 

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote. You can find out more and download an application form on our how to vote page.

In addition to the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Nottinghamshire County Council elections, a number of other elections are taking place in Bassetlaw. These include:

  • Tuxford and Trent Ward District Council By-election
  • Ranskill Ward District Council By-election 
  • South Leverton Parish Council By-election (uncontested)
  • Neighbourhood Plan Referendums for: Blyth, Everton, Hodsock and Langold, Rampton and Woodbeck, and Walkeringham. 

Neil Taylor, Returning Officer for Bassetlaw District Council said: “We understand that people may be worried about the voting process this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s why our Elections Team are working hard to ensure that you can safely cast your vote, however you chose to do so.

“If you choose to vote in person, you can expect to find many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, social distancing signs and face masks.

“But you also have the option to vote by post or by proxy and local democracy remains extremely important. It gives people the opportunity to have their say on a range of local issues that affect their daily lives.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission added: “The choice on how to vote at this May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at Register to Vote.

If you are already registered to vote then you do not need to apply to register again. The Electoral Registration Officer recently sent a letter to all households in Bassetlaw confirming who is registered to vote at that address.

Further information on the elections that are taking place in Bassetlaw can be found on our elections page.

Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team at the Council at 01909 533 252 or by email

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 13, 2021