Extra measures in place to ensure safety at East Riding polling stations

Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021
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Extra safety measures to ensure the safety of staff and voters at polling stations will be in place for the election of the next Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.

The election for the PCC is just one of six elections taking place on Thursday, 6 May with elections for the vacant seats in the South West Holderness and South East Holderness wards as well as vacancies on Beverley Town Council, Goole Town Council, Cottingham Parish Council and Nafferton Parish Council all due to take place.

While polling stations will be made as safe and secure as possible for electors to cast their vote in person on the day, people don't have to attend a polling station to make their vote count.

Those who are already on the electoral register can opt for a postal vote or appoint someone as a proxy to vote on their behalf.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 while the deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April, 2021.

If you are not already on the electoral register, registering to vote is quick and easy and can be completed online via the council's website - www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/registertovote or www.gov.uk/registertovote

Once registered, or if you are already on the electoral register and you wish to vote by post or to appoint someone to vote on your behalf, you can complete an application form, again via the online application forms or by contacting the council's electoral services team by email - electoral.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Caroline Lacey, chief executive of the council and returning officer said: "The polling stations in May will be quite different to what people are used to as there will be a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure electors can cast their vote safely and that they are safe places for our polling staff to work in.

"But voters don't have to attend a polling station to make their voice heard as one of the easiest and safest ways to vote this year is to request a postal vote or to appoint someone to vote on their behalf.

"Anyone who is already on the electoral register is able to apply for a postal vote by simply completing an application form online or by contacting our electoral services team."

* The deadline for registering to vote is Monday, 19 April with the deadline for registration for postal votes on Tuesday, 20 April.

* The candidates standing for election in the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, local, town and parish elections can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting

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