Date Published: 24 March 2021
On Thursday 6 May 2021, voters in Rutland will go to the polls for the postponed Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Polling stations will be open with COVID-19 safety measures in place, to enable voters to cast their vote in person. Alternatively, people can apply for a postal vote, the deadline for applications is Tuesday 20 April at 5pm, or you can appoint someone you trust to vote in your place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline for a proxy vote is Tuesday 27 April at 5pm.
Polling stations will be safe places to vote and voters will be encouraged to keep themselves and others safe to vote 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.
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 for health reasons.
“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 either vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. We are anticipating an increase in postal vote applications, so if you decide to vote by post, please don’t wait until the deadline. Sending your application sooner rather than later makes sure it is processed early and your postal vote can be sent to you sooner. If you have already applied for a postal vote you do not need to apply.”
Mark Andrews, Rutland County Council’s Local Returning Officer
However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections. If you are not already registered, you can do so online.