Frequently Asked Questions - Elections Are there local council elections taking place in May 2021?Yes. Elections are scheduled for all parish, town, and city councils in the Wiltshire area and for several parish and town councils in the Swindon area.WiltshireCouncilunitaryelections(forallseats),electionofonecouncillorto each of the wards of Swindon Borough Council (except Chiseldon and Lawn), the PoliceandCrimeCommissionerelection(postponedfrom2020)anda numberoflocalneighbourhoodplanningreferendumswillalsobetaking place.ThepollswillalltakeplaceonThursday6thMay2021andpolling stations will be open between 7am and 10 pm.These FAQs refer to the parish, town, and city (local) council elections in both Swindon and Wiltshire areas.Where elections are scheduled, will all existing councillors stand down? Yes. All existing councillors cease to be councillors and will have to be nominated for election if they wish to stand again for the next term (2021-2025)Are there specific dates I should know about?Yes,atimetableofrelevantandspecificdatescanbefoundat https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/media/4911Itincludes,butisnot limited to the following:•29th March 2021 (no later than) – Publication of Notice of Election•8th April 2021 – Candidates have from the date stated on the notice of election up to 4 pm on Thursday 8th April to submit nomination papers•8th April 2021 – Deadline for withdrawal of nomination (4pm)•9th April 2021 – Publication of Statement of Persons nominated•27th April 2021 – Publication of Notice of Poll•6th May 2021 – Day of PollAre there some relevant dates for local councils after 6th May?Yes. The previous council stands down on 10th May (4 days after polling day) and the new council takes office on the same day.