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FAQs

I'm not sure if I am registered?

If you are unsure call the team or email us on the details to the left, we can check the register for you.  If you know you are not registered in Torridge or you are moving / have moved go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You must be registered at your address if you want to apply for a postal or a proxy vote.

 

What will it be like to vote at a Polling Station this year?

You will be required to wear a mask unless you have a medical reason not to. You will be asked to socially distance and may have to queue to place your vote, out of doors in some cases.

You can bring your own pen or pencil, but we will also provide pencils and they will be cleaned after each use.

Voting may take a bit longer as polling booths and ballot boxes will be sanitised after each use. 

 

What if I don't want to go to the Polling Station?

We are doing all we can to ensure that Polling Stations will be a safe place to vote, but we understand some people will still feel anxious about voting in this way.

People who do not want to attend the polling station on polling day can apply for an Absent Vote - a postal vote or a proxy vote - just for this election, or for all future elections too.   

You must be registered at your address and you will need to complete and return an application by the deadlines below:

 

To find out more and apply for an Absent Vote click here.

 

What happens if I must isolate?

You may still be able to vote.  Legislation is due to be passed soon, which allows people to request an emergency proxy if they have been told to isolate due to Covid-19.

This means you can appoint someone you trust who lives locally and is on the Register of Electors, and they will be able to go your polling station and submit your vote for you.

 

This only applies if you were asked to isolate after 5pm on the 6th working day before polling day.

 

And finally...

Overall, the advice of our team is to make your plans in advance, have a think about how you want to vote and what you would do if you had to isolate. 

If you don't know someone who would be able to go to the polling station for you it is worth considering a postal vote.

Everyone involved in the planning of these elections will be doing all they can to ensure it is as safe as possible. Please use your vote!

If we haven't answered your question please call the team or email us with your query.