Voters get ready to cast their vote at the May elections
On Thursday 6 May residents in North Herts will go to the polls to have their say and vote for their representative at the District Council (17 seats), Herts County Council, Police and Crime Commission election, a Town Council by-election and a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum. Not every elector will receive all of these ballot papers.
Voters have had a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.
Applications for postal votes and proxy votes have now closed however, for those who have chosen to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:
- Wearing a face covering
- Bringing their own pen or pencil
- Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- Keeping a safe distance
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.
Melanie Stimpson, Returning Officer for North Herts District Council, said:
“It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting a number of measures in place to help you cast your vote safely. We look forward to welcoming voters to our Covid safe polling stations in North Herts on 6 May.”
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said:
“If you are voting in person at a polling station in May, you will be able to do so safely. Help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station. “
For further information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.