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Surrey County Council elections - 6 May 2021

County Council elections are held every four years.

Surrey County Council look after services including education, transport and social services and much more, so make sure you have your say and vote on polling day.

The Guildford area is divided into 10 County Council divisions, which are:

  • Ash
  • Guildford East
  • Guildford North
  • Guildford South East
  • Guildford South West
  • Guildford West
  • Horsleys
  • Shalford
  • Shere
  • Worplesdon

Electors will be voting for only one candidate for each division. 

How to become a candidate

Read the information for by-election candidates and agents on the Electoral Commission website. You can also download nomination packs from this site.

Subscribers for candidate nomination forms at May 2021 elections

As outlined in the Government's Election Delivery Plan for the May 2021 elections, the Government is changing the nomination rules for candidates who wish to stand for election. This note is to aid clarity and certainty on the numbers of signatures required, to assist candidates and their supporters and those administering elections.

This is a time-limited change and is intended to reduce the need for person-to-person contact in March ahead of the May elections. The number of signatures required will be reduced. Some signatures will still be required as it provides a democratic check that a candidate has a degree of local support.

The Government has laid before Parliament two statutory instruments: 

  • The Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Coronavirus, Nomination of Candidates) (Amendment) Order 2021 -


  • The Local and Greater London Authority Elections (Coronavirus, Nomination of Candidates) (Amendment) Rules 2021 - which change temporarily the nomination process to reduce the number of signatures that candidates are required to collect for almost all types of poll due to be held on 6 May 2021. This includes local council elections, Mayoral elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The changes will also apply for subsequent by-elections for relevant polls up to the end of April 2022. 

Under the statutory instruments, the number of subscribers (i.e. signatures) that a candidate will require for their nomination form is as follows for the following elections:

  • Local council: 2 (instead of 10).  'Local' council elections cover election of councillors for divisions for county elections and wards for borough/district elections and London borough elections.  Changes are not being made for parish council elections which already require two subscribers only for each candidate.

If you are interested in standing as a Candidate at the Surrey County Council elections, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01483 444126.

Prospective Councillors meeting

There is further information on becoming a candidate at the Electoral Commission website, as well as Surrey County Council.

Register to vote

To vote in elections you must be registered to vote. The deadline for registering to vote in the Parish Council By- Elections is 23:59 on Monday 19 April 2021.

Applications to vote by post or change/cancel an existing postal or proxy vote must be received by 5pm Tuesday 20 April 2021. We would advise that you submit your application as early as possible if you are planning to vote by post.

New applications to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm Tuesday 27 April 2021.

If you are registered and eligible to vote in these elections, you will receive a poll card around the first week of April informing you where your polling station is or, if you've applied for a postal vote, when you can expect to receive your postal voting pack.

If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote you can call the elections helpline number on 01483 444115.

You can find out more about voting in Parish Council elections and all other elections being held on 6 May 2021 at The Electoral Commission