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Elections in 2021

Cambridge went to the polls on Thursday 6 May 2021, to vote in four different elections.

The government confirmed that all EU citizens who are registered to vote in the UK were able to vote.

Election results

The results of the Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council elections will be announced on Friday 7 May.

The results of the elections for the Mayor of the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Police and Crime Commissioner will be announced on Saturday 8 May.

Deadlines for May 2021 elections

  • Friday 9 April: Candidates announced
  • Monday 19 April, 11.59pm: Deadline to register to vote
  • Tuesday 20 April, 5pm: Deadline to apply for a postal vote
  • Tuesday 27 April, 5pm: Deadline to apply for a proxy vote

Emergency proxy votes

The deadlines have passed to apply for a postal or proxy vote at these elections. However, if after 5pm on 27 April you (or your pre-appointed proxy) are required to self-isolate because you or a close contact have tested positive for COVID-19, you can apply for an emergency covid proxy.

You must complete and sign the form and make sure we receive it before 5pm on Thursday 6 May. You can scan the form and email it to us at Your proxy must be registered to vote and be able to go to your allocated polling station on Thursday 6 May.

Cambridge City Council elections

These elections were postponed from May 2020.

Elections will take place in all 14 wards of the city, and all 42 council seats will be up for election. This is because some of the ward boundaries have changed and all seats on the council must be re-elected to represent the new wards.

Each ward has three councillors, so you will be able to vote for up to three candidates.

When the votes are counted, the candidate with the most votes in each ward will be elected to serve a three-year term of office. The second-placed candidate will serve two years and the third-placed candidate will serve one year. These terms of office have been reduced by one year because the elections were postponed.

There are currently four vacancies for councillors on Cambridge City Council, in the King’s Hedges, Newnham, Queen Edith’s and Trumpington wards. Current legislation prevents any by-election from taking place at the present time. The official notices contain more information.

Cambridgeshire County Council elections

Elections to the county council happen every four years, and electors will vote in one of the 12 county division areas. There are 12 county councillors in Cambridge so you will be able to vote for one candidate.

The candidate with the most votes in each division will be declared elected and serve a four-year term of office.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough election

This election was postponed from May 2020.

You will be able to vote for up to two candidates: your first choice and, if you wish, a second choice. This is called the supplementary vote system.

Supplementary vote system

All the first-choice candidates will be counted and if one candidate gains more than 50% of the votes, they will be declared elected. If this does not happen, then the top two candidates go through to a second round. The other candidates are eliminated.

Ballot papers where the first-choice candidate was eliminated are then looked at for their second choice. If the second choice is one of the top two candidates, the vote is added to that candidate’s tally.

The candidate with the most votes after the second choices are looked at is then declared elected. They will serve a three-year term of office, which is one year less than usual because the election was postponed.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor election

This election takes place every four years. The Mayor will serve a four-year term of office.

You will be able to vote for up to two candidates: your first choice and, if you wish, a second choice. The method of declaring the winner is the same as for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.