We are working hard with the Government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote in May.

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available. Further information can also be found on the website of the Electoral Commission at: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter

This page was last updated on 22 March 2021

Elections on Thursday 6 May 2021

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
  • Councillors to Devon County Council. There will be elections of one Councillor to each of the 7 South Hams County divisions.
  • A District Council By-Election in the Ivybridge West Ward
  • Town/Parish Council by-elections in
    • Dartmouth Clifton (5 vacancies),
    • Dartmouth Townstal (1 vacancy),
    • Modbury (1 vacancy),
    • Stoke Gabriel (3 vacancies),
    • Marldon (2 vacancies)
  • Neighbourhood Plan Referendums for
    • Aveton Gifford,
    • South Huish,
    • Strete,
    • Kingswear and
    • Kingston

How to stand as a candidate at the Elections

If you are interested in standing as a candidate at any of these elections you can obtain impartial advice and information from the Electoral Commission.

A candidate is validly nominated if they have delivered the following correctly completed forms by close of nominations:

  • the nomination form
  • a home address form
  • a consent to nomination form

If a candidate wishes to stand on behalf of a political party they must also submit the following correctly completed forms by close of nominations:

  • a certificate of authorisation, authorising the use of the party name or a registered description on the ballot paper
  • a written request to use one of the party's emblems (if desired)

If a candidate standing at the County or District election wishes to appoint an election agent they must also submit this completed form by close of nominations. All the relevant forms are included in the nomination pack.

Before completing a nomination you are advised to read the following guidance:

Delivery of nominations

Nominations must be delivered by hand either by the candidate, their agent, or someone they trust. For electoral areas within South Hams they must be hand delivered to the Returning/Deputy Returning Officer, at

Civic Entrance,
Follaton House,
Plymouth Road,

On any weekday, Monday to Friday (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday 8 April.

As the South Hams District Council Offices are currently closed to the public, we have to ensure that all our election events are Covid secure.  We are  therefore running an appointment system for candidates to deliver their nominations. You can make an appointment to do this by calling 01803 861244.

If you require a nomination pack you can print off a county/district nomination pack  or a parish nomination pack

Alternatively, you can request a posted copy by calling 01803 861244 stating your name, address, the election (County/District and/or Parish/Town) and the area(s) for which you wish to stand.

For these elections the number of subscribers required for a County/District nomination has been reduced to two, so you will only need a Proposer and a Seconder.

When obtaining signatures to support your nomination, please bear in mind the following General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) advice:

Revised data protection legislation applies to the processing of all personal data. When collecting subscriber information, you should point out what the information will be used for, how personal data will be processed and kept secure. The lawful basis to collect the information in the nomination form is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and exercise of official authority. This is set out in the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations. You should explain that the information will be shared with the Returning Officer. For further information on data protection and processing you should refer to the Returning Officer's Privacy notice

For further information about how the General Data Protection Regulation affects you please contact the Information Commissioner's Office.

If you wish to stand as a candidate at the Police and Crime Commissioner election you will need to contact Exeter City Council.


We will be taking steps to set up our polling stations in line with advice from Public Health England, Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission to make them as safe as possible for voters to use. We will observe social distancing and require all those coming in to vote to wear face masks. We will also provide hand sanitizer and anything else deemed necessary and appropriate at the time.

There are other ways you can vote:

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available. 

Key Dates

  • Notice of Election will be published on Wednesday 24 March
  • Deadline for delivery of nomination papers is 4 p.m. on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for withdrawals of nomination is 4 p.m. on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for the notification of appointment of Election Agents (County/District) is 4 p.m. on Thursday 8 April
  • Notice of Election Agents (County/District) will be published at 4 p.m. on Thursday 8 April
  • Statement of Persons Nominated will be published by 4 p.m. on Friday 9 April
  • Deadline for receiving electoral registration applications is midnight on Monday 19 April
  • Deadline for receiving new postal vote applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday 20 April
  • Deadline to change existing absent vote arrangements is 5 p.m. on Tuesday 20 April
  • Notice of Poll will be published by Tuesday 27 April
  • Deadline for receiving new proxy vote applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday 27 April
  • Polling day 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday 6 May

Want to Find out More?

A virtual meeting is being held for candidates and agents on 12 April 2021 at 5.30 p.m. to discuss arrangements for the elections. If you would like to attend please email elections@southhams.gov.uk before 9 April.

We will need your email address to send you the link for the meeting. The meeting will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform.