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Polls open next Thursday for Oakham South by-election

Date Published: 10 August 2021
Election results

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday 19 August to elect a new County Councillor for the Oakham South ward.

Two candidates have been nominated in this by-election:

  • Paul Browne (Liberal Democrat)
  • Andy Burton (the Conservative Party candidate).

For voters who want to cast their vote in person, the polling station at Oakham Library will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm on Thursday 19 August. In line with Electoral Commission and Government guidance, Rutland County Council is reminding voters that they should wear face masks or a face covering in the polling station to reduce risks from COVID-19. Hand sanitising-stations and single-use pencils for marking ballots will also be provided.

Social distancing is also recommended within the polling station, which may result in voting taking a little longer than usual.

Polling cards for the by-election have been issued. However, you do not need to have your polling card with you when you vote. You can just confirm your name and address to the poll clerk at the polling station.

Voters should not attend a polling station if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There are provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required for health reasons. Anyone who needs to arrange an emergency proxy vote should contact the County Council by calling: 01572 722 577 before the final deadline of 5.00pm on polling day.

From Friday 13 August, postal voters should contact the Council if their voting information is lost, stolen, damaged or has not arrived. Completed postal votes need to be returned in the freepost envelope provided and must be received no later than 10.00pm on polling day.

Following the close of poll at 10.00pm on Thursday 19 August, the results of the by-election will be declared once ballots have been verified and counting is complete.

For enquiries about postal voting, proxy voting or emergency proxy voting in this by-election, please contact Rutland County Council by emailing: 

enquiries@rutland.gov.uk or by calling: 01572 722 577. You can also get in touch via the Council’s website: www.rutland.gov.uk/contact

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