Voting safely at this year's elections

Voting Safely at Elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in North Devon and Torridge will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Voters have 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). 

The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For those who choose to vote in person, safety measures will be implemented to make polling stations safe places to cast your 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 measures in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

Tom Vanstone - Senior Electoral and Democratic Services Officer at Torridge said:

"Making sure you're registered to vote is important so you can have your say in this and all future elections. Being on the electoral register may also help if you want to apply for financial products or even things like a mobile phone contract. Options for voting have expanded over the years with many people finding the convenience and simplicity of postal voting an appealing alternative to attending a polling station. Whichever way you decide to vote make sure you don't miss out and apply before the deadlines stated."

Applying to vote by post is easy visit  the Electoral Commission website. but you need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections - the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Any residents who have questions should click on the Councils Election website https://www.torridge.gov.uk/elections2021 but you can also contact the elections team by emailing elections@torridge.gov.uk.

19 April 2021