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Safety first as polls open next Thursday for PCC Elections

Date Published: 28 April 2021
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Voters in Rutland will go to the polls next Thursday 6 May, for the postponed Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections.

A Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for the full range of policing work in the area they represent, including national responsibilities and local priorities,making sure the police deliver an efficient and effective service.

For voters who want to cast their vote in person, polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm on Thursday 6 May, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Rutland County Council is reminding voters that they can 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 from others.

The number of people allowed to enter a polling station at the same time is currently limited due to COVID safety measures. This may mean that voting in person takes a little longer than normal.

Polling cards for the PCC election are being issued this week. However, you do not need you polling card to vote. Simply confirm your name and address to the poll clerk at your local polling station. You can find details of your polling station at: www.rutland.gov.uk/pccelection.

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. Although the deadline for applying for a proxy vote in this election has passed, 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 5pm on polling day.

The Council has also recorded an increase in people applying for postal votes before the deadline for applications, which was 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. From 29 April 2021, 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 10pm on Thursday 6 May.

“It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at these elections, whether you cast your vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. We want to reassure everybody who is planning to vote in person next Thursday that we are putting a range of measures in place to help you vote safely, in line with social distancing guidelines, and to protect our teams of election staff at each polling station.” Mark Andrews, Rutland County Council’s Local Returning Office

The results of the PCC election will be declared after the count is completed on Saturday 8 May.

For enquiries about postal voting, proxy voting or emergency proxy voting, please contact Rutland County Council by emailing: enquiries@rutland.gov.ukor 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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