It’s polling day, Thursday 6th May 2021.
People up and down the country will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them as the police and crime commissioner as well as for some local council seats.
We’re told by council officials that polling stations will be safe places to vote, but people voting in person are being given advice on how to keep themselves and others safe.
If you’re voting in person, you’re asked to:
● Wear a face covering
● Take your own pen or pencil to the polling station
● Clean your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
● Keep a safe distance from other people
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or if they have been asked to self-isolate.
Anyone who develops symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day, has until 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote.
This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.
Your questions answered…
Where do I go to vote?
Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling station.
Make sure you check the information on your polling card, as your polling station might have changed since the last elections.
Do I take my poll card with me?
You do not need your poll card to vote, however, you’re encouraged to take it with you to make the process quicker and more efficient.
When are the polling stations open?
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6th May.
Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm – they can hand it in at their polling station if they don’t have time to return it by post.
What changes are there at the polling station because of Covid-19?
The only major difference to how you normally vote is that you’re being asked to bring your own pen or pencil – although some people choose to do this anyway.
You are being asked to wear a face covering (like you would to go to the supermarket).
At the polling station, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, including sanitising your hands and keeping a safe distance from others.
What if I have symptoms, or have just been told to self-isolate?
If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19, you don’t need to lose your vote.
You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote so that someone you trust can vote on your behalf.
Where can I find more information?
For further information on how to apply for an emergency proxy, click here.
For further information on elections in your area, click here.