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Vote safely in the local elections next week

The coronavirus pandemic has stopped us doing a lot of things over the last year, but it won’t stop you from being able to vote in the local elections on Thursday 6 May.

Voting in person at a polling station will be a bit different this year in order to help keep everyone safe:

  • A face covering – you will need to wear a face covering when you go in to the polling station, unless you are exempt.
  • Hand sanitiser – this will be available at the entrance/exit of polling stations. Make sure that you use it before and after you cast your vote.
  • Your own pen or pencil – it is advisable to bring your own pen or pencil this year. Don’t worry, if you forget there will be clean pencils available.
  • Keep your distance – social distancing measures will be in place and will be well signposted. It might mean that you have to queue so please factor this in to your plans and leave extra time.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been asked to self-isolate, please don’t put others at risk by going to a polling station to vote in person. You can nominate an emergency proxy (someone you trust to cast your vote for you) until 5.00pm on polling day.