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Police & Crime Commissioner and City Council elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. These are the elections that were postponed from May 2020 due to Covid-19.

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One third of Portsmouth City Council’s seats will be up for re-election; one seat in each of the city’s 14 wards.

Elections will be also held to choose a Police & Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire police area.

The election will take place on Thursday 6 May and polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

The list of candidates will be available by Friday 9 April on this page.

Following the elections and the close of poll at 10pm on Thursday 6 May, you will be able to find results for the city council election on Saturday 8 May 2021 and Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner election on Monday 10 May 2021.

Further information about the Police & Crime Commissioner elections can be found at

Registering to vote

If you are not registered to vote, you can apply online at

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Monday 19 April.

Applying for a postal vote or vote by proxy

If you are unable to vote in person, you can apply to vote by post, or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5.00pm Tuesday 20 April. Follow the link for further details on how to vote by post.

If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, the deadline for applications is 5.00pm Tuesday 27 April.  If you wish to appoint a proxy,  find further details on how to vote by proxy.

Voting during the pandemic

Polling stations will be open as usual and you will be able to vote safely. Voters will need to wear a face covering and follow public health guidelines including social distancing. You can use your own pen or pencil if you prefer but hand sanitiser will be available at the polling station.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

If you would prefer not to vote in person at these elections, you can vote by post. Anyone can vote by post; you don’t need to have a special reason. Follow the link to find out more about how to vote by post.

If you have any questions concerning the above issues, or about elections or voting, please contact the Election Services Office by email at or by phone on 023 9283 4074