Local, Salford City Mayor and GM Mayor elections - Thursday 6 May 2021

The next scheduled elections in Salford will be the Local Government elections, Salford City Mayor election and Greater Manchester Mayor election, taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

These are the elections that have been postponed from May 2020. Further guidance for voters is available below. All candidates standing in both the local and mayoral elections can be found in downloadable documents at the bottom of the page.

About the Local Government elections

Our Local Government elections will be ‘all out’ elections where all 60 councillor seats will be up for election.

COVID-19 and postal voting

We are currently making provisions to ensure that voting at polling stations will be as safe as possible during the current COVID-19 situation.

However, should you have any concerns about voting in person, please be aware that you can set up a postal vote to receive your ballot papers via the postal service, instead of attending a polling station.

How to set up postal voting

To request a postal vote please download the form at the bottom of this webpage, complete your information including name, address, date of birth and your signature where prompted, and return to us.

How to return your form

You can either email a scanned image of the form or a clear photograph, showing the full page, to elections@salford.gov.uk, or post to our Freepost address:

Electoral Registration Officer
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5DA

Paper version

If you require a paper copy of a postal vote application posting out to you, please email elections@salford.gov.uk with your name and address, confirming that you would like us to post one out to you.

Alternatively, you can call our contact centre on 0161 793 2500 to ask them to arrange an application form to be posted out to you.

Guidance for voters

This year’s election is one of the biggest in Salford for years so we have created a couple of videos to explain the different ballot papers and what to expect when you visit your polling station.

In addition to voting for three councillors in your local ward, residents also get to choose who they want to be Salford City Mayor and who they want to be The Greater Manchester Mayor. All Salford residents will receive a mayoral booklet with a full list of candidates for Salford City Mayor and their election address.

Video 1 – how to vote on the ballot papers

Video 2 – what to expect at a polling station

There is also a short video explaining how to complete your postal pack here.

If you can't hear the video or don't have sound on your device you can turn on the captions option. Just go to the CC button in the bottom right hand corner of the video and click on English.

Please note that the Royal Mail has Priority Post Boxes which have collections at earlier and later times as well as weekends. They were set up to help with the collection and onward delivery of COVID test kits, but as elections are also a priority, voters are also encouraged to make sure of this enhanced collection service. Find a priority box for your area.

This video below shows the drawing of lots for the order in which candidate’s election addresses will appear in the mayoral election booklet being sent to all voters across the city.

New government rules on campaigning 

To ensure that the electorate can be as informed as possible about the choices before them in these elections, the government has changed legislation to enable a range of COVID-secure campaigning nationally.  From Monday 8 March, door to door canvassing can go ahead only for those directly campaigning in support of/against outcomes in May. When leafleting and canvassing, campaigners must follow COVID secure rules at all times.

These include wearing face coverings, staying two metres apart and two metres from doorsteps and not entering a private home. Residents in the city should continue to follow the national guidelines of social distancing, staying local and staying at home wherever possible. For more details visit the GOV.UK website. 

More information regarding the election timetables and any other important information will be added to this page in the coming months.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election. More information will be added throughout the election process.

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