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Local Elections 2021: Am I allowed to vote at ANY polling station?


Oct 27, 2021

The 2021 local government elections are almost upon us.

It will take place on 1 November 2021. Across the country, all 23 146 voting stations will be open from 7am-9pm.

The countdown to the #LGE2021 is just seven days away. Our democracy needs all of us. Exercise your democratic right and vote #EveryVoiceTogether pic.twitter.com/YDsP6YZiGX

— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) October 25, 2021

One of the most asked questions is:  

Am I allowed to vote at any polling station during the local elections?

The answer is: 

For municipal elections and by-elections, you can only vote at the voting station where you are registered

For National and Provincial Elections

Within South Africa: 

You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. Please check your voter registration status to find out which voting station you’re registered to vote at.

However, if you’re outside your voting district on Election Day, you may vote at another voting station in South Africa (use the Voting Station Finder to find your correct station). If you’re outside the province where you’re registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election. You may be required to provide proof of registration (application sticker pasted in your ID when you applied for registration) if the zip-zip scanner is unable to verify your registration. You’ll also have to complete a form (VEC 4) at the voting station.

Outside South Africa

You need to vote at the South African embassy, high commission or consulate-general you selected when you submitted the VEC10 notification of your intention to vote abroad. You must have an approved VEC10 in order to vote outside South Africa. Find out how to register and vote abroad.

The countdown to the #LGE2021 is just ten days away, it’s in your hands to vote for your local municipality. Play your part and help us make these elections free and fair. pic.twitter.com/M5cVgSQDLC

— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) October 22, 2021

Click here to find your voting station.

If you are not registered, and want to register at your correct voting station during registration weekends, you can use the Voting Station Finder to locate your station on a map. 

ALSO READ: Local Elections 2021: Here’s how to find your nearest polling station

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