BY-ELECTIONS will take place locally following a decision by Government.
Polling will take place but measures will be taken to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Where necessary alternative polling stations and count locations will be found when the normal locations are unavailable, and additional staff and volunteers recruited to support public health measures like social distancing. Those voting will be asked to bring their own pencils and pens for marking ballot papers.
The Cabinet Office on Gov.UK has said: “Everyone who feels comfortable going to a supermarket or a post office should also feel confident attending a polling station in May.”
Voters will have a choice between in-person and absent voting. Postal and proxy voting will be supported, and proxy voting rules changed so that those affected by COVID-19 in the days before the poll can still vote.
- The deadline to register to vote in the elections on 6 May 2021 is – midnight on Monday 19 April.
- The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is – 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
- The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
There are a number of ways to have your say in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote. You are currently registered to vote in person at a polling station.
If you do not wish to vote in person, you can vote by post or by proxy.
To apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-post.
Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to The Electoral Services Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA. Alternatively you can scan the completed form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now.
If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can also ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
To apply for a proxy vote, complete and return the form to vote by proxy https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-proxy, explaining why you can’t get to your polling station in person.
Once you have completed the form and made sure you have signed it, you need to send it to The Electoral Services Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA. Alternatively, you can scan the completed form and e-mail it to email@example.com
The Electoral Commission has been proactive in reassuring voters about the safety of the polls:
“It is an important democratic principle that elections should proceed as scheduled whenever possible. The electoral community (the commission and others) has been preparing for Covid-safe elections since last March when the 2020 elections were postponed. Together, we have taken steps to help everyone involved take part safely and confidently.
“Safety measures, such as face coverings, hand sanitiser and social distancing, will be in place to make polling stations safe places to vote and to work, and we are sharing information with voters so they understand the voting options available to them.
“We are supporting administrators in their complex and important work to prepare for and deliver the polls, and we will continue to update our guidance for parties, campaigners and electoral administrators as needed in order to reflect the latest public health advice and any legislative changes.”
www.electoralcommission.org.uk – 5 Feb 2021.
Locally, this means an election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 to elect a new councillor to represent the South Holderness Ward. This is to fill a vacancy left after the sad death of Councillor Mike Bryan last year.
An election will also take place to fill vacancies on the Hedon Town Council left following the sad deaths of Councillors Mike Bryan and Gordon Thurston.
Also on 6 May a scheduled election will take place for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.