Elections 2021: Make sure you're ready to have your say on 6 May

With less than two weeks left until people in Uttlesford go to the polls, voters are being urged to get ready to vote.

In Uttlesford there are a number of elections taking place on 6 May: Essex County Council, the Police Fire Crime Commissioner for Essex, and some district and parish councils.

Polling stations will be safe places to vote. People voting in person are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot paper
  • cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance
  • try to avoid busy times of the day (such as between 6pm and 8pm) and bear in mind that schools used as polling stations may still be open so try to avoid the start and end of the school day

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who develops symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day, has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.

Phil Hardy, Electoral Services Manager at Uttlesford District Council, said: "Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling station. Make sure you check the information on your polling card, as your polling station might have changed since the last elections. You do not need your poll card to vote, although we encourage you to bring it with you to make the process quicker and more efficient.

"Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm - they can hand it in at their polling station if they don't have time to return it by post."

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: "If you are voting in person, make sure you remember to bring your face covering and a pen or pencil with you. At the polling station, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, including sanitising your hands and keeping a safe distance from others.

"If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19, you don't need to lose your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote so that someone you trust can vote on your behalf."

For further information on how to apply for an emergency proxy, voters should contact the Uttlesford Elections Team via elections@uttlesford.gov.uk or 01799 510510.

For further information on the May elections, go to: www.uttlesford.gov.uk/elections2021.

23 April 2021