Getting ready for Covid-safe elections

14 April 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

Elections and Democracy - News and announcements

Elections for the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections will go ahead as planned on 6 May. We’re working to ensure polling stations will be COVID-19-secure places to vote.

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Getting ready for Covid-safe elections

Covid Safety at Polling Stations

Voting will be different for the GLA elections on 6 May with measures in place to ensure everyone can vote safely.

What to expect at polling stations during coronavirus:

  • Social distancing inside and outside venues
  • Queues at polling stations – attend outside peak hours to reduce waiting times
  • Voters and staff must wear face coverings unless medically exempt
  • Voters are encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
  • Maximum ventilation
  • Protective screens at issuing tables
  • Hand sanitiser at entrances and exits
  • Regular cleaning
  • Voters must not attend their polling station if required to self-isolate due to Covid (see below)

London Elects have overall responsibility for the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections across London. Their Getting Ready for COVID-Safe Elections web page includes a short video showing what voters can expect at polling stations.

If you prefer not to vote in person or are self-isolating due to Covid you can apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.  Apply early to ensure you can vote.


Government rules state you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus or have been contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive.

If you need to self-isolate you must not attend your polling station on polling day and can apply to vote by proxy up to 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. After this time you should contact us to find out about voting by Covid emergency proxy.

Find out information about when to self-isolate from the NHS

You must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April to be able to vote at the elections. If you’re not already registered, visit to submit an application.