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Three ways voters can cast their vote at the May election

Three ways voters can cast their vote at the May elections

13 April 2021
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On Thursday 6 May, Wokingham Borough residents will head to the polls for the Borough Council and Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley Police Force area elections.  There are also Town Council by-elections in Wokingham and Woodley.


Deadlines


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 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, polling stations will be safe places to 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 provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.  


Have your say


Andrew Moulton, assistant director governance, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely. You can vote either vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. 


“You can find more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy on the council's website (search for elections 2021).


“However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online.”


The deadline to register to vote in this coming May’s elections is 11:59pm, Monday 19 April. 


Residents will receive a polling card informing them of the elections taking place in their area including details of when and where to vote. Individuals do not need their polling card with them to vote but will be asked to provide their name and address to a member of staff on duty.


Residents can find out more information, including their ward and where to vote on our website (search for elections 2021).  Statements of persons nominated have also been published and are available on the council’s website. 


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