2021 Elections

Mole Valley will be holding three elections on Thursday 6 May 2021:

  • Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election

  • County Council Elections

  • District Council Elections

Voting and Covid-19 Safety Measures

Polling stations will look a little different this year as a range of measures are being put in place to help keep us all safe. These include:

  • Hand sanitising stations. You will be required to use hand sanitiser as you enter the polling station.

  • You must wear a face covering (unless you are subject to an exemption).

  • Some Polling stations will be operating one way systems where possible.

  • Signage and 2-metre markings will direct you to follow a one-way system (where possible) to the ballot paper issuing desk and beyond.

  • Polling stations will be adequately staffed. All staff will be wearing masks and visors, and they will be on duty to assist you and ensure that contact surfaces are regularly cleaned throughout the day.

  • We would recommend that you bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper.

  • We ask that you take your poll card (and any disposable mask/rubbish) home with you to dispose safely and securely.

  • Social distancing requirements will mean that the capacity for each polling station will be reduced, so we would advise that you are prepared to queue outside whilst you wait to vote. Please make sure you come prepared for any adverse weather whilst you wait! Try to avoid peak times if you can, like lunchtime and after the school run.

Copies of our Elections Risk Assessment is available on request.

If you do not wish to vote at a polling station in May, you can vote by post or by proxy. Information about, and the deadlines for submitting an application to vote by post or proxy, may be found at the bottom of this page.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The PCC Election was originally scheduled to be held in May 2020, however, the Coronavirus Act 2020 postponed them until 6 May 2021.

Runnymede Borough Council is the lead authority for this election.

Information about the Police and Crime Commissioner's role can be found on the Office for the Police & Crime Commissioner for Surrey's website.

Further information can be found on the Choose My PCC website.

County and District Council Elections

One seat from each of the District Wards listed below will be up for election:

  • Ashtead Common
  • Ashtead Park
  • Ashtead Village
  • Bookham North
  • Bookham South
  • Dorking North
  • Dorking South
  • Fetcham East
  • Fetcham West
  • Holmwoods
  • Leatherhead North
  • Leatherhead South
  • Westcott

All of the County Divisions in Mole Valley are up for election.

If you would like information about standing as a candidate, please see the Electoral Commission guidance. If you have any queries, please contact electoral.registration@molevalley.gov.uk

Registering to Vote

If you are not currently registered to vote, you can do so register online.

This is the easiest method of registering to vote; it only takes a few minutes to complete. Please be aware that you will need your National Insurance Number to complete the application.

If you have not been issued a National Insurance Number, or if you are experiencing delays getting one because of Covid-19, please email a copy of your Passport or Driving Licence to electoral.registration@molevalley.gov.uk. Please ensure you complete the online application first.

Please quote your full name and address in the email if you need to do this.

The deadline to register to vote, in time for these elections, is midnight, Monday 19 April 2021.


There are three ways that you can cast your vote:

  • In person at the Polling Station
  • By Post
  • By Proxy (appointing someone else to vote on your behalf)

Voting by Post

If you are unable to go to the polling station for whatever reason, you can apply to vote by post.

Please be aware that all applications to vote by post, in time for these elections, must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Please also be aware that the postal ballot papers are despatched directly from our printers.

There will be two despatches of postal ballot papers for the May 2021 elections:

  • 16 April 2021 (for existing postal voters, and those who return their applications by noon, 22 March 2021)
  • 26 April 2021 (for those who return their application after noon, 22 March 2021, and by the postal application deadline of 5pm, 20 April 2021)

Voting by Proxy

You may appoint someone to vote on your behalf by completing an application form.

The person you appoint as proxy must be registered to vote; be eligible to vote in these elections, and able to visit the polling station at which you would normally go to vote.

All applications to vote by proxy, in time for these elections, must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Please be aware that the person you appoint as your proxy can only act as such for two people only. The only exception to this is if the people they are acting on behalf of, are close relatives.